I almost bought an iphone case yesterday, but luckily I remembered about this project before I bought the case. I didn’t have to question if workers would be exploited in the making of these products. I already knew that Apple factories exploited their workers. However, I wasn’t completely sure if the iphone cases were made in China like the actual phones. I went home to check it up and I found an article on Blue & Green Tomorrow about workers being exploited and hired with proper training. The table to the left is Apple’s Suppliers List for the year 2014 and the Jabil Circuit Inc, located in Wuxi, China is on the list. The article by Blue & Green Tomorrow specifically mentioned this factorty, and I was curious to know if the factory did exist. I was most interested in how the article was barely published September of this year. I’m glad that I did not give in to my false needs.
I’m fighting with myself about if I need something versus what I want to need. Here’s an example of a false need. My case for my phone was broken when my sister first gave it to me about two months ago, but I never got a replacement. And yet now I “need” a new case, because I can only buy necessities. Overall, I feel that I am doing all right.
Holstein, Palmer, Ur-Rehman and Ito. “Santa’s Sweatshop: In a Global Economy, it’s Hard to Know Who Made Your Gift—and Under What Conditions.” U.S. News & World Report, Volume 121, Issue 24. p. 50-54, 56-57, 60. 16 December 1996. Print.
Malone, Charlotte. “Apple Supplier Accused of Exploiting Workers.” Blue & Green Tomorrow. Web. 25 September 2014.