Below is a video of a talk on the topic of some of the effects which globalisation has had on the production of PPE. One of the events it was delivered at was the Lyon Technical Symposium at the Rheged Discovery Centre in Penrith, Cumbria in 2012.
Whilst there have been some developments since, a lot of what we were saying then still holds true today. There is no such thing as a free lunch, everything has its price, moving production off-shore was never going to be free – a fact which is becoming increasingly apparent.
True social and environmental accountability are not a luxury but something that we should demand of manufacturers, regardless of where they produce – not just as a green-washed label in order to sell more products but rather as part of an on-going commitment to push back against some of the more grotesque manifestations of a globalised economy.