Do you check the labels of your clothes to see where they're made? Kelsey Timmerman does. But what does Made in China or Made in Honduras really tell you? Is buying "American" always better?
Timmerman set out to connect with the people who could have made his t-shirt (Honduras), his jeans (Cambodia), his flip flops (China), and even his underwear (Bangladesh). Where Am I Wearing?, published by Wiley, is the story of his travels as he sought to answer the title question. Along the way he asks more difficult questions: Are the current Child Labor laws truly helping children have better lives? Does it help low-paid workers if we boycott their country's products?
Taste in books, both fiction and nonfiction, is so subjective, that there are few that I endorse with, "Everyone should read this." This is one of them. Not to say that the prose is seamless ("How many times does he have to tell us he was a SCUBA instructor in Key West?!" my husband complained after reading the first few chapters) or that it's the best nonfiction book I've read (though it is an engaging read). But because this book will change you.
Maybe you're a card-carrying member of The Fair Labor Association or maybe you've never checked a label in your life. Either way, the faces and stories of the real people behind the closed doors of overseas garment factories will likely move you. Timmerman offers a new perspective on issues you may or may not have considered when you picked up those bargain jeans on sale or splurged on those designer jeans.
The pants I'm wearing today were made in Sri Lanka. My undies were made in Costa Rica. My shirt has the "made-in" tag cut out but it's Jordache so it was likely made in Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Bangladesh, or Madagascar. My shoes were made in China.
Why should I care? Read the book and find out.
How Where Am I Wearing impacted our holiday shopping
Where Am I Wearing reviewed by Wordlily