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Where were your clothes made? (Map)

A clothing tag is seen inside a gutted garment factory in Dhaka on May 9, 2013. A fire at a garment factory killed at least eight people May 9 in the latest disaster to hit Bangladesh's textile industry, still reeling from the deaths of more than 900 people in a building collapse.

What country was was your outfit made in?

That's the question we asked the other day to our Twitter followers. Take a peek at the tag on something you're wearing and tell us what you see.

It's a simple question with a lot of meaning. Given the tragedies in Bangladesh, some think consumers, and manufacturers, should be more aware of where their clothes are made.

We got a lot of responses, with clothes made everywhere in the world. So many, we decided to take a wide look at it. Check out our map of your tweets and don't forget to tell your friends to tweet where their clothes were #madein.

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P. Kim Bui is a journalist focusing on social media and digital. You can follow her on Twitter at @kimbui.
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I normally don't buy things from China (and I agree, I'll never buy pork from their US company!), but when I buy Eileen Fisher clothes I have faith in the company and Eileen Fisher herself, that they are very astute in making sure the workers are treated fairly and the environment is not polluted. So - is it possible to buy resonsibly made-in-China? Or am I deluding myself beause I like the company?

I buy almost all of my clothes used. I do not buy China anything and will sure as hell not buy their pork! Buy used folks.

This is awesome! This is what it takes, consumers making the connection to their clothing and an overseas factory, and then I might also ask you to consider how your clothing was grown. Most people understand their clothing is made but few think about it in the terms of being grown.

Many people are shocked to find out the one of the world's dirtiest crops is cotton, and that it uses 2.5% of the world's agricultural lands and 16% of the world's pesticides. So check out how your clothing was grown too. And if you want to change the chemical load on our agricultural lands and the run off of the chemicals into the oceans, lakes, rivers and streams try buying organic cotton.

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