Sunday, July 08, 2007

Timeline of Dangerous Made in China Products

I'm so glad I didn't have to compile the Timeline of Dangerous Made in China Products for 2007. Because, of course, there are so many of them. And so many products for kids. And so much lead. And so many items that are flammable.

How exactly does this happen? In short, companies in the United States outsource the manufacture of their products to China in order to keep the labor costs down. Because of the nature of outsourcing and subcontracting (and more subcontracting followed by more subcontracting), U.S. companies have little to no oversight of exactly how products are made. This is how products end up made with lead or being flammable.

So, fellow consumers, if it's not enough to refrain from buying products from China because of their egregious human rights violations, including the lack of workers' rights, it may be enough to avoid buying Chinese goods in order to protect yourself and your family.

Via Boing Boing