Do You Know Where Your Halloween Costume Came From?


MTV News reports:

“Halloween is a money-maker. Though the holiday’s got nothing on Christmas, the 157 million Halloween-celebrating Americans will likely spend $6.9 billion on their festivities this year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reports.

Costumes are, of course, one of the biggest sources of revenue. People are expected to spend $1.2 billion on costuming the grown-ups, $950 million on the kiddies and $350 million on the pets (holla!).

 But if we’re going to be real, our 2015 sexy minion, pizza rat and Donald Trump outfits will all likely end up in the trash or a donation bin eventually; costumes come cheap enough that many people throw them out sans guilt. The average consumer spends “an average of $27.33 on costumes for the whole family,” the NRF reports.

That got us thinking: Where are these costumes actually coming from?

We’ve heard from John Oliver and the New York Times that we should be wary of dirt cheap clothing and conscious of the human rights no-nos associated with “fast fashion” — an industry that provides in-demand designs with a sense of whiplash urgency and a big-box store price.

It’s reasonable to assume that many mass-produced costumes come from factories, but the rest of the details — who made them and, more importantly, how well they were treated in the workplace and compensated for their work — are harder to track down.

Ilana Winterstein, director of outreach and communications at Labour Behind The Label, said this is often the case.

“Unfortunately there is a real lack of transparency in the industry, which is one of the big issues we campaign on,” Winterstein told MTV News. “It is this lack of transparency which allows human rights abuses to continue unchecked and makes it very difficult to trace an item of clothing back to a particular factory or for consumers to know the working conditions of the garment workers making the clothes.”

Read the full story on MTV News here.

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