There’s a new “blood diamond” coming to surface and its not being dredged up in deep muddy pools in Sierra Leone in order to fund West African wars. No, this is being produced in factories across China, ruining the lives and health of Chinese workers, all in the hopes that another American can play a game of “angry birds” on his and her’s new iphone or ipad.
We’ve watched as companies like Nike and Hershey have climbed their way to the top of their markets and sacrificed great human costs to achieve their success. Now it’s Apple’s turn to come under fire.
Although we may all love to think that iphone and ipads everywhere are the culmination of technology and western invention, boasting this product as entirely American is not the truth. While we sit with our significant others at a fancy restaurant, pay $70 for a nice meal and never look up from out iphone screens to even enjoy the moment, thousands upon thousands of Chinese workers are standing in a factory in China building the gadget so many of us can’t live without.
But here’s a few things these workers could live without. The swelling in their legs caused from working 9 plus hours seven days a week without being able to sit down. The toxic fumes they inhale as they rub our ipad screens to a shiny gloss. The chemicals that shred their skin from their hands. The yearly factory explosions that kill some and injure many more. Along with the physical abuses, these workers could also due without the emotional abuses their superiors inflict upon them all in order to meet a pre-determined deadline that Apple execs have outlined in the suppliers contract.