Crocs Under Fire Following Discovery Of Unethical Jibbitz Mining Practices
Footwear giant Crocs is in hot water after an exposé has uncovered a connection between their product and Jibbitz sourced from illegal operations in Eastern Europe. While most figured their unassuming plastic charms conveyed a love of pizza or international style, these iconic symbols of wealth and power originate in a heart of darkness
Jibbitz are sourced from rare ores found throughout the Baltic region. Once the precious Jibbitz are located, a workforce comprised of mostly children set to work cutting and packaging the Jibbitz en masse.
“The conditions they are working in are beyond unsafe. People, especially children, should not be exposed to the dangers of Jibbitz mining,” said Penelope Del Santo, who broke the story earlier this week. “The long term effects of toxic fashion sense at such a young age are not fully understood, but some people I’ve talked to have said it can cause a predilection for jean shorts and socks that end an inch above the ankle bone.”
When pressed about the accusations, Crocs CEO “I have no comment, but I want to assure everyone that Crocs is committed to comfortable footwear for all occasions. Whether it be a 12 hour overnight shift at the hospital or trailing your leashed child through Walmart atop a Rascal Scooter, Crocs is here to provide the stylish accessories you need to make everyday special.”
Crocs could be in trouble following this discovery given the public’s response similar footwear controversies like when Skechers admitted to harvesting plastic from Kim Kardashian to create their entire Shape Ups line.
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