Hello, I’d like to share my knowledge about fast fashion and the fashion industry.
Fast fashion is cheap, fast and of questionable quality.
Fashion defines us. You see it everywhere; magazines and movies, in all social media. Society has embraced the fashion industry with open arms.
But I’m not here to share the latest bargains in your favorite stores but to explain the real price of life behind the fashion industry. Sometimes we forget that the clothes we wear are made by hands, physical hands.
In poor countries like Vietnam and Bangladesh, people often work in garment factories and earn $67 a month. Not only is there insufficient pay, but also poor working conditions. Hundreds of thousands of workers who make garments in factories in Bangladesh do so in dangerous conditions. We are talking about serious safety hazards. For example, lack of doors and fire exits, lack of adequate alarm systems, lack of sprinkler systems. There are also stories of disasters, for example, November 2012: a fire in a Fashions factory supplying Western brands in Dhaka kills 112 workers and more than 150 injured. In addition, in April 2013, at least 1,136 people are killed and approximately 2,500 people injured in the most lethal factory collapsed in history.
Inditex, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, which owns brands (Zara, Pull & Bear, Bershka, Stradivarius, Zara Home and etc.) Has had many accidents, for example, slave labor scandal in Brazil, where 15 employees had to be rescued from a supplier company. There, they were working in degrading conditions, and were responsible for a fuel spill on the Galix Arteixo river in 2009.
You have to ask yourself if it’s worth supporting this cycle of this corrupted business.
Some ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and the amount of clothes that big companies must produce each year, is to buy used clothes and reuse clothes. As well as buy only what you need or buy less. We just need to be aware of the planet and the people who live here.