Champion Surfer Kelly Slater: Clothing is an “Icky Business”

by , 07/27/15   filed under: Eco-Celebrities, Men's Eco-Fashion, Quotes

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“You hear the term ‘sweatshop’ and immediately think of little kids making clothes, which can be the case. But it can also be their wage, the work conditions, the facilities, the hours. Workers aren’t allowed to form unions or protests the conditions. Those are the things that define sweatshops.

“Clothing is a really icky business, but it’s a whole system. You’ve got retailers bitching about prices but they’re also bitching about production and they way things are made.

“Those two things are completely tied together. If you’re going to use good materials and take care of people working in your factories, the clothing will be exponentially more expensive to produce.”

—Eleven-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater, speaking to Surfing about Outerknown, his recently launched line of sustainable menswear.

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