Emma Watson sounds off on sweatshops and ethically made clothing
It takes a lot of clothes to dress a Hollywood starlet, and more often than not, those clothes are made in sweatshops. And as Emma Watson points out in the October issue of Net-A-Porter's The Edit, "We don't support slave labor in this country, so we shouldn't support those conditions in other countries." The 23-year-old actress goes on to explain how hard it can be to avoid clothing made "under terrible conditions by a 12-year-old girl for 20 pence an hour," and says that she was elated to discover the designer Livia Firth (Colin Firth's wife), who makes ethical manufacturing a priority.
"I was like, 'No one's doing anything like this!' It's so exciting," Watson says. "I've always had this huge problem. I would love to wear garments that are ethically sourced, but there aren't enough options for me to be able to do that realistically." So when she met Firth, "it just seemed like [the project] was something I had to do, something I'd been waiting for. Livia's created a lobbying body to put pressure on governments and corporations to encourage them to have [ethical responsibility] as their baseline. It's quite awesome."