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Responsible buying

Is there a way to find out any specific information about the manufacturers of a particular brand of clothing? I purchased a large number of hats from Port Authority for use as promotional items for a nonprofit to resell, not realizing they had been made in Bangladesh. Are all the manufacturers there working in unsafe conditions? How can we find out more about the circumstances in this case? What would you do with the hats, which we don’t want to just destroy? Any advice or information would be appreciated. We sent in a query on the Port Authority website, to which we have had no reply.

Sarah Peskin

Brookline, MA

May 2 2013 - 1:58pm