Old Navy, stop using child labour and unsustainable production methods!

Old Navy, stop using child labour and unsustainable production methods!

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Ann, Alison and Amanda started this petition to Old Navy

Every time you purchase a piece of clothing from a fast fashion retailer in your local mall, you are unknowingly contributing to environmental and socio-economic issues. Did you know that the average American throws out 68 pounds of clothing a year, and the average factory worker only earns fifty cents a day? These are all ethical conundrums that most people don't think about on a daily basis. The practice of making clothing cheaply and quickly is known as a process as fast fashion, which accounts for nearly all mainstream retail stores.

Of course, consumers are able to avoid these fast fashion retailers by searching elsewhere. However, parents everywhere are forced to go back to these retailers for their children's school uniforms. One retailer in particular that the majority of parents return to is Old Navy.

Our names are Ann, Alison and Amanda and we are calling for fast fashion companies, especially Old Navy, to reconsider their business practices for the sake of our planet and their employees. As highschool students, we believe that a company of such influence in our everyday school communities should be transparent and think carefully about the impact that they are making on children and youth who consume their products. Old Navy was founded in 1969 by Donald and Doris Fisher under the parent company GAP, and since 2003, have been caught in a variety of serious incidents. In their factories in Saipan for example, workers were found to have been in extremely unsafe working conditions and even subject to forced abortions. A few years after, one of their suppliers in Jordan was caught using child labour, forcing 109 work week and even the rape of workers. Similar conditions were found in their factories in India and Vietnam as well. These scenarios are atrocious in themselves, and they do not even take into account the amount of waste, chemicals, and fossil fuels it takes to export manufacturing and the use of unsustainable cotton farming methods. Yet, Old Navy continues to be one of the only stores for families to access affordable school uniforms. Access to education should not be at the cost of our planet and the lives of workers.

Please join us in showing your support AGAINST the use of wasteful manufacturing processes and the mistreatment of labourers. Together, we can ensure that the children in our communities are wearing ethical school uniforms, and the children in other countries can attend school themselves.

OLD NAVY, start using sustainable production methods!

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