- The label ‘Made in China’ used to mean poor quality, cheap products – but this is no longer true
- Most workers enjoy decent working environments, not slave-like conditions
China has a reputation for producing poor quality products in slave-like conditions. While this may be true of some manufacturers, these are in the minority.
One widely accepted myth is that conditions in Chinese factories are deplorable and that workers are subject to shocking conditions. This is not true of the majority of factories in China. Most factories are reported to be well maintained, well-ventilated and employee health is a priority. Top quality machinery is used in well-lit rooms with natural light. This doesn’t look anything like the picture most people have in their heads of a typical Chinese factory. The workers are said to be proud of the space they work in and happy to be there.
The second myth that needs to be squashed is that all products that come from China are badly made and bound to break at any minute. You do get your cheap Chinese knock-offs, but you also get high-quality innovative products. China produces all kinds of products, at a range of prices. If you’re going to buy