Enviromental Impacts and Ethical issues in fashion

Factory emission (https://sites.google.com/site/factoriespollution/s)

'Where to begin ????......What a mess, a complete booboo by mankind, and quite frankly the biggest culprit is Mass Media, The Technology of today ....televisions, computers, social media, advertising, Led screens, all manipulating tools used to push products and gain profit for fashion companies striving to give consumers what they think they need. the media force feed the masses through many different channels and like flocks of sheep people follow celebrities and trends that are promoted in such a way that they feel they cant live without it.

Everyone wants the latest trends straight from the catwalks and so companies drive up lead times to get them to the consumer faster, introducing more and more ranges each year, forcing them to reduce production costs in an attempt to compete and keep retail prices affordable.

So production costs are lowered, using factories in 3rd world countries where labour is cheap, where people are paid a pitiful wage in the most appalling working conditions. 'Livia Firth' highlights and uncovers the horrors of Bangladesh Factories in the film 'Bangladesh in Crisis' (see appendices for film reference), like the infamous 'Rana Plaza' disaster, many factories are badly constructed, little or no health and safety, workers are forced to work very long hours for a small remuneration, with threats of loss of job or even of being beaten if they dare to complain or take the day off.

Then there is the problem of child labour, where families are so poor they are forced to sell or send their child to work in these factories. The Amazing 'Stacey Dooley' reveals the reality of this in a powerful series of documentaries (Film 4), she investigates 'kids for sale' (see appendices for film reference), the passion and emotion Stacey shows in this series is overwhelming, she highlights that there is an estimated 218 million children globally in slave labour, in Nepal alone 1000's of children are forced to leave their homes and families to go and live and work in appalling conditions,(often getting beaten) for as little as 50p a day.....it is in fact illegal for under 14's to work in Nepal.

It is not only the human cost in Fashion but also the enviromental impact too, pollution  in rivers from chemicals used in synthetics, dying and other processes, along with;

Fuel consumption in logistics and machinery.

Landfills from major clothing and fabric waste.

Plastic pollution from exssesive use and waste of plastic items. 

Excessive water and chemical use in cotton farming.

Deforestation for land particularly in the Amazon, for cattle and palm trees for their oil.

 

Fast Fashion should be given a speeding ticket, taken to court, fined and locked up.

The Charge.....Fast Fashion stands accused of unethical practices, blatant disregard for the effect it is having on human life and the planet earth in pursuit of greed and vanity.

The Fine.....To repair the damage being done, with life long community service in establishing a more sustainable way of producing fashion, and re- educating people in the ethics of fashion.

Polluted river with chemical dyehttp://www.ecouterre.com/swedish-student-turns-toxic-textile-effluent-into-clean-dye-free-waters and rubbish / Brigitte Meinhold 28th Sept 2011