Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Buy Rugs Not Made by Child Slaves

Now there's a way to know you're not participating in the forced labor of South Asian children who are used to weave rugs. The GoodWeave label is the best assurance that no child labor was used in the making of your rug. In order to earn the GoodWeave label, rug exporters and importers must be licensed under the GoodWeave certification program and sign a legally binding contract to:

• Adhere to the no-child-labor standard and not employ any person under age 14
• Allow unannounced random inspections by local inspectors
• Endeavor to pay fair wages to adult workers
• Pay a licensing fee that helps support GoodWeave’s monitoring, inspections and education programs

To ensure compliance, independent GoodWeave inspectors make unannounced inspections of each loom. If inspectors find children working, they offer them the opportunity to go to school instead, and the producers lose their status with GoodWeave. To protect against counterfeit labeling, each label is numbered so its origin can be traced to the loom on which the rug was produced.

Visit the website and read about the stories and see the label so you know what to look for the next time you purchase a rug. GoodWeave.org.

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