You just don’t know how scary it is

IMG_23052222I always see this ad in the flight-magazine when I travel Southwest. “Overseas Manufacturing isn’t as scary as you think”. Really, what do you think, I think?

Here are four reasons as to why it’s actually pretty, darn scary (and why this company should start looking for other expertise since they will be out of business sooner or later)

1. The clothing factory in Bangladesh that collapsed in 2013 and killed over 1,100 uninsured employees. On top of that, over 2,500 were injured.

2. That Pakistan is the most polluted country in the world. Pollution PM 2.5 levels are at 101 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter). Recommended value for not risking premature death or chronic diseases, looking at annual average, is 15 μg/m3 (*)

3.The American Embassy in Beijing reports that PM 2.5 pollution levels often hit over 500 μg/m3 short term. At these conditions, children can’t go to school as it is a threat to their health.

4.Container ships (that bring all the goods over here) are associated with serious environmental threats such as greenhouse emissions, nitrogen- and sulfur oxide emissions (which cause acid rain), disruption of maritime life, and oil spills.

Enough said. Shop local!

(*)Particulates less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM 2.5) are referred to as “fine” particulates and are believed to pose the largest health risks. Read more about pollution and how it is measured here

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