The (fast) fashion industry
Updated: May 7
Hi everyone ♡
Today I wanted to talk to you a little bit about the current (fast) fashion industry.
I'm someone who has always really liked clothes and I love expressing myself through fashion. However, I think it's so important to be aware of how the garments we buy are being made. To be honest, I used to never think about how clothes were being made and was mostly interested in being able to buy all the clothes that I wanted and loved that feeling of finding the perfect garment on sale. Little did I know that somewhere far away something ( and someone) was paying the price for my lucky find. Unfortunately, as I know now, the current (fast) fashion industry has a detrimental effect on the environment. It causes water pollution, (chemical) waste, rainforest destruction, soil degradation and greenhouse gas emissions. Not to mention the fact that most clothes are produced in factories where people are being underpaid, forced to work in an unsafe work environment and generally have no rights. For example, on the 24th of April in 2013 the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed and 1.134 garment workers died and many more were injured. Most of these workers, mostly women, were making clothes for some of the biggest fashion brands in the world. In the days leading up to the collapse, the workers had already warned the management about the cracks in the walls, but they were forced to keep working. They were unable to defy the orders of the management that was also up against order deadlines and production quotas from their clients, the big fashion corporations. People being forced to work under horrendous circumstances just so that we can buy a lot of cheap clothing is not the kind of industry that I want to support.
This all sounds very depressing, however, there is a way to make a change. By buying sustainable garments and supporting ethical companies we can (slowly) change the way that clothes are being produced. As consumers, we have to remember that we're the ones who have the power to make a change. Luckily, these days people are becoming more aware of the devastating effects of the textile industry and there are also more and more ethical, slow fashion brands that produce wonderful garments and that do care about the environment and their workers.
Hopefully in the future this will become the way that all clothes are being produced ♡
What are your thoughts on fast fashion?
Do you care about how your clothes are made?