SUSTAINABILITY TIP #23
RETHINK YOUR WARDROBE 👚👕
FAST FASHION. Have you heard this term? It’s the reproduction of highly fashionable clothes at high speed & low cost. If you shop at Forever 21, H&M, Target, Gap, American Apparel, Old Navy, Charlotte Russe, ZARA, Esprit, and Walmart (to name a few of the many)… you are directly contributing to fast fashion. The demand for such cheap “fashionable” clothing comes with the cost of horrific garment factory (sweatshop) conditions in other countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China and Indonesia. Workers producing our fast fashion apparel are exposed to bottom of the barrel working conditions, are exposed to horrible health & safety risks, are severely underpaid and child labor is definitely a real thing. Bangladesh is particularly known for its cheap labor; there are nearly 4 million garment production workers, 85% of them are women, in over 5,000 factories. I remember in 2013 when I heard about the Bangladesh factory (known as the Rana Plaza) that collapsed in April of that year; the structure of this five story factory failed resulting in the death of 1,134 people & injuring nearly 2,500. My heart sank and I had no words for what is still considered the deadliest garment accident in history.
Have you seen the documentary “The True Cost”? If not, this is a MUST! Please, WATCH IT. This documentary illuminates not only this horrific Bangladesh factory collapse, but it really shows you how destructive our culture’s obsession with new clothing and fashion is.
In addition to the thousands upon thousands of lives we are subjecting to the worst living & working conditions around the globe so we can boost our egos by dressing well, we are also taxing our environment. Fast fashion is a major source of water pollution, relies heavily on toxic chemicals and produces an atrocious amount of textile waste. Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of water GLOBALLY, second to agriculture.
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