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Written By Jerri Chou
Nov 16, 2011
Whether it's a steak dinner or the latest smart phone, we don't always know where most of our stuff comes from. If we had more information, maybe we'd be motivated to do something about it.
That's the idea behind Slavery Footprint, a beautifully designed, interactive site that guides you through a colorful set of questions to determine the number of slaves working to maintain your lifestyle. With short anecdotes about everything from soccer ball manufacturers in China to the 1.4 million Uzbek kids working to produce our clothes (that's bigger than the entire NYC public school system), this project shows us that somewhere along the supply chain, slave labor touches most of the products we buy.
Slavery Footprint hopes to start a much-needed conversation between consumers and companies to protect the rights of all people--now that's a Character Approved move. Visit the site to calculate your footprint, share your results, send a pre-written letter to a company of your choice, and take a step toward improving our world.
[Image: Slavery Footprint]
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