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As the tragedy in the factory collapse in Bangladesh continues to unravel – we have to continue to understand the lessons we have learned. The collapse killed more than 1400 workers, injured countless others and came at the heels of a fire in another factory last year that killed 112 workers in the same country. Brands such as H&M, Zara, Espirit, Lee, Wrangler, Nike, J.C. Penny, Wal-Mart and Joe Fresh have been called out for their role on contracting work in such unsafe working conditions. As consumers, it was hard for us to connect such brands to such conditions but the truth is unavoidable.
This is a turning point for us as entrepreneurs, consumers and members of our global society. The trends need to change – fast fashion doesn’t work. Inexpensive “fast” fashion comes at the risk of workers in developing countries such as Bangladesh. While some people can only afford “fast fashion”, there are many things we can do as consumers to counteract the dangers of this trend. We need to consider alternatives to disposing clothes such as donating, refashioning, or repurposing clothes. Also, we should consider buy less clothes at higher prices (that are ethically made) or even affordable brands such as Shopnthropic.
While the world continues to understand the implications and lessons that the tragedy in Bangladesh has bought forth when it comes to the “fast fashion” trend vs. ethical fashion, we have found numerous interesting articles on the topic.
Read more about ethical fashion and how many main stream stores rate in terms of their ethical viability:http://www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/2013/may/17/ethical-shopping-high-street-fashion.
Take a look at these 2 articles below:
- Shoppers face hurdles finding ethical clothing: www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/05/05/shoppers-face-hurdles-finding-ethical-clothing/2124659/
- The Case for Ethical Fashion: www.thenation.com/article/174109/case-ethical-fashion#