The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world after oil, and the second biggest polluter of clean water after agriculture. Of 219 fashion brands surveyed, only 12% demonstrated any action towards paying wages to garment workers above the legal minimum and an overwhelming number of those garment workers are women. We've chosen to forget that our clothes are made from synthetic unnatural fibers sourced from damaging practices and then made in sweatshops and factories that are tremendously polluting the Earth. We've devalued transparency in companies that use bleeding, impoverished, and children's hands to mass produce their clothes: modern slavery. Let's bring back transparency, accountability, and fair fashion!
Fast and cheap fashion has become the norm when it isn't really cheap at all, someone somewhere else is paying. There is no planet B, so we need to take a stand! One of the biggest misconceptions about fair trade and sustainable fashion is that it's a niche specialty and clothes are not as readily available, and its true that there are very few large-scale brands that meet these standards, but there are several! And we should all be working hard to change fair and eco-friendly fashion from a niche to a standard!
"Every time you spend money you cast a vote for the type of world you want"
- Anna Lappé
"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make"
- Jane Goodall