There has long had a bias against "made in China" manufacturing, with many assuming that Chinese factories offer lower quality and less ethical labour practices. Let's unpack this a bit more.
According to a report by the United States Fashion Industry Association, China remains the top sourcing destination for apparel and textiles, accounting for 41.2% of all U.S. apparel imports in 2019. And many of these factories are not only producing the high-quality products in your closet already, but are also implementing ethical labour practices and sustainable production methods.
In recent years, China has taken steps to address environmental concerns and promote sustainable manufacturing practices. The Chinese government has implemented regulations and policies aimed at reducing pollution, improving energy efficiency, and promoting renewable energy sources and many Chinese factories have obtained certifications from recognized third-party organizations, such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the Fair Wear Foundation, indicating their commitment to environmental and social sustainability.
It's essential to consider the complexities and nuances of the global fashion supply chain, and not make sweeping assumptions or biases based on a country of origin. Responsible sourcing and supporting brands and factories that prioritize sustainability and ethical practices can contribute to positive change in the fashion industry, regardless of the country of manufacture.