En­vi­ron­men­tal cost of mak­ing blue jeans is very high

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - VIEWS - The author is deputy ed­i­tor of China Daily USA. chen­wei­hua@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

When peo­ple in the United States talk about blue jeans, they are most likely to men­tion Levi Strauss, the Ger­man-Amer­i­can busi­ness­man whose com­pany made the first pair of blue jeans in San Fran­cisco in 1873. To­day, the pop­u­lar­ity of Levi’s, the top brand for Levi Strauss & Co, is not con­fined to the US; it is a much sought-af­ter brand in more than 100 coun­tries around the world, in­clud­ing China.

A re­cent ar­ti­cle on blue jeans that is burn­ing up so­cial me­dia in China is not about how fashionable distressed jeans are, but about hu­man lives, as its head­line says: “Ev­ery Pair of Blue Jeans You Wear is Paid With Lives”.

The author de­scribes the oner­ous work­ing con­di­tions and en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age caused by the blue jeans in­dus­try in Xin­tang town in Guangzhou, South China’s Guang­dong prov­ince. The author claims that, “ev­ery pair of blue jeans, pricey or cheap, car­ries sin”. Known as the “Blue jeans cap­i­tal of the world”, Xin­tang has some 3,000 busi­nesses re­lated to the jeans in­dus­try. It also meets 40 per­cent of the mar­ket de­mand in the US.

But it seems to me that the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment should im­pose en­vi­ron­men­tal tar­iffs on all ex­ports to the US to com­pen­sate the Chi­nese peo­ple who bear the en­vi­ron­men­tal costs of pro­vid­ing cheaper goods to US cit­i­zens.

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