How Many Slaves Work for You?

Emily Wilson-Hauger, public policy intern, writes about the connection between our consumer choices and modern-day slavery in the latest Third Way Cafe.

Photo credit: jk_scotland/flickr

A friend recently posted a link on her Facebook feed that read, “How many slaves work for you?” The Slavery Footprint survey simply asked me to quantify my consumption of clothes, electronics, household items, appliances, food, and other tangibles.

How many slaves work for me? 40! Even with a lower number than the average 20-something in America, how could a socially conscious person, who tries to live simply, rely on 40 slaves for the things I use every day?

Read the entire article here and let us know what you think in the comment section or on twitter or facebook.

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