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Welcome to “Santa’s Chinese workshop”, which makes 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations

christmas decorations, yiwu, Chinese Christmas factory, Christmas decorations China, festive decurations, yimu decorations, The Guardian

Ever wondered where plastic Christmas decorations come from? Unfortunately they are not made by an army of elves at Santa’s workshop (I wonder their wages are?), but instead, according to an expose by The Guardian, most are produced inside the Chinese village of Yiwu, where 600 factories produce 60 percent of all of the world’s festive decorations. The factory workers in Yiwu put in long hours in less-than-ethical working conditions, often dealing with toxic chemicals that have the potential to cause lasting damage to their health.