So what does Xinjiang cotton have to do with us?
Are we unwittingly wearing clothing produced by forced labor of Uyghurs in Xinjiang? Do we need to take responsibility for the ‘Dirty Cotton’ hand-picked by people working against their will?
China started a state-run social media campaign to ban these brands, calling on the West to stop bullying the country and denying there is forced labor in Xinjiang. The mounting evidence shows as many as two million Uyghurs are kept in internment camps. As a consumer, do we need to stand with these fashion giants with their seemingly bold move?