Swedish designer Jenny Nordberg (former Apokalys Labotek) was commissioned to develop an accessory for the traveling exhibition Shop Show, about the relationship between consumption and production and that somebody always pays the price. Jenny looked at the abundance of accessories that can be found everywhere. Inexpensive flair with short life. Plastic, metal and glitter. Nearly all the accessories we can buy on the various discount stores are made in China. A Chinese factory worker earns (after the 13-percent increase in 2012) approximate € 1 per hour. The material in the € 1 Bracelet is pure bronze. If you were to go to a scrap dealer and sell a € 1 Bracelet, the equivalent scrap value is one euro – an hour worked in a Chinese factory.
And no, a bracelet does not cost € 1. It costs almost € 50 because the people who have worked on the preparation of the bracelet and its packaging all are paid according to Swedish agreement. In addition to a fair salary you can live on, they have a work environment that is not harmful to them. They also have the right to join trade unions, and they do not work more than eight hours a day, five days a week, says Jenny Nordberg.