|Who Was It That Made Your Clothes?. Do You Even Know?!
That’s Ok, most people don’t know who made their clothes. Unfortunately in the world of fast fashion, where clothing is made to be easily accessible, short-term and disposable, people don’t always truly know WHO made their clothes.
The sad fact is that fashion can come with a very high personal cost to the people that create it, and also to the planet.
What can we do about this alarming trend?
Don’t buy it! Mass-produced clothing is not the best quality, nor is it the way to reflect the values YOU hold dear. Society is consuming fashion at a rate like never before. We call this monster: fast fashion.
Fast fashion is the phenomenon we use to describe garments that go from design to store in a quick flash; sometimes within the space of a week! As the price of fashion dives lower, and the accessibility of new trends increases, fast fashion is being put in the spotlight.
Sad Facts about Fast Fashion:
- Eighty billion pieces of clothing are consumed globally every year.
- The US spends an estimated $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes every year: worn for one night only.
- 250,000 Indian cotton farmers have killed themselves in the last 15 years due to the stress of debt they accumulated through buying genetically modified cotton seeds to keep up with demand.
- The wages of workers in garment factories overseas can be as low as $1-$3 a day.
- Some overeas clothing factories use forced prison labor to make the clothing
- Some clothing factories use child labor (sequins and beading can be an indication of this)
- Fast fashion giants actually make clothing to fall apart: they are obsessed with the bottom line, so will do anything to make you buy more clothes.
- Using the restroom during a 10-hour shift in a garment factory can cause a major uproar from managers.
- Fast fashion brands put out new collections every week or month to make it seem like your wardrobe is all off trend. This is the reason you sit and stare at your full wardrobe thinking you have nothing to wear
The fast fashion industry is shocking. When you look at the facts and figures, it’s hard to swallow.Change isn’t going to happen from walling Just like building a house, avoiding fast fashion is easy when you have the right tools in front of you. Head to the Gypsy Spoonful site, we are completely transparent, and when you buy clothing from one of our small shops you will know EXACTLY who made your clothing and don’t have to worry about the circumstances it was created under.
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