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The Sickening Side Of The Chocolate Industry

The Sickening Side Of The Chocolate Industry

Chocolate is a global delight that many consider to be a favorite indulgence. Opening the packaging and releasing the rich aroma, not to mention the whole melting in your mouth sensation, is enough to halt a chocolate lover momentarily in a sensory-heightened escape from the mundane. But do we always think about where our sweet treats travel from in order to get into our hands? Some of the highest cocoa producing commodities are found in the Western African countries of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. These regions produce over 70% of the world’s cocoa. These areas are reportedly also responsible… read more

Undercover Reporter Shows Dark Garment Designs

Undercover Reporter Shows Dark Garment Designs

Raveena Aulakh, a reporter from the Toronto Star, certainly took her research into a news piece to the next level. Posing as a factory worker, to investigate she went undercover in a Bangladesh factory located in Dhaka. What she found was a heartbreaking glimpse into the lives of the people who work there, including children. Her investigation spotlighted Meem, a 9 year old child worker at the factory. Meem works 12 hour days in the sweatshop, and was actually Aulakh’s boss for a time. This particular unnamed factory employs almost 50 people, many who are children that have nowhere else… read more

Recycling’s Dark Side

Recycling’s Dark Side

Bangladesh houses one of the world’s largest ship dismantling yards. Located in Chittagong, this vast area along the coast holds enormous vessels no longer in service that are waiting to be taken apart and recycled. Some of the largest maritime vessels retire here, awaiting their exhaustive tear down and reprocessing phase. When seeing the sheer scale of some of these floating giants, it would be unimaginable if they were not reclaimed. The metal and every part possible from the ships are recycled and sold in markets and to companies. There are reportedly thousands of laborers that work at this particular shipyard which… read more