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Slavery Footprint, calculate how many slaves work to make the products you buy

Questo strumento consente di capire quanto il nostro stile di vita contribuisce allo sfruttamento di altri esseri umani.

Today, there are millions of tools that allow us calculate CO2 emissions we generate or the environmental impact of our lifestyle and actions.The Slavery Footprint website goes further and calculates, through a series of questions, the impact our purchases have on the exploitation of workers. How many slaves work for you? is the question asked in the website, created to show the effects of the consumer and globalised economy of our time.

 

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What kind of house you live in, which food (spices included) you eat, what cleansers you use, how you dress. Providing information about your lifestyle, it’s possible to have an estimate of how many slaves work for you daily.

 

Data are not comprehensive, but they represent a perfect opportunity to better understand how consumption habits – often considered harmless – can actually have a huge impact on many people’s life. Products we use and consume every day, including tea and coffee, are in many cases produced exploiting workers, often children.

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The cosmetic industry also conceals dark sides. For instance, to produce mica – mineral used for lipsticks and eye shadows – thousands of Indian children are exploited in its extraction process. Jewels and gemstones are sadly linked to countries affected by civil wars and corruption, such as Sierra Leone, where conditions are some of the world’s most dangerous.

 

Not to mention tech products, as well as clothing and sport gears. It is estimated that about 1.4 million children are forced to work in cotton fields in Uzbekistan, a number higher than all children of New York’s entire public education system.

 

Bambino sfruttato in un mercato indiano
Child forced to work at a market,Varanasi Benares, India

 

It’s thus crucial knowing and recognising these products, in order to manage to fight – through our purchasing power – modern-day slavery, which is still wide spread all over the world.

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