Globalization has made the world seem smaller and one of its most important consequences is how it affects fashion. Materials can be purchased in different parts where costs are low, labour from places with a lower standard of living can produce items quickly and cheaply; this all means that clothing becomes available for purchase at increasingly reasonable prices which makes high street fashion disposable to some degree.
This has led to a situation where the fashion industry is one of our most polluting industries, with its environmental impact being second only in severity after oil. The textile and clothing sector accounts for about two-thirds (68%)of total global water pollution from manufacturing processes; it also produces around 80% more greenhouse gas emissions than any other industrial process except electricity generation — which means that this single production line contributes almost as much CO2 into Earth’s atmosphere every year through fossil fuel use alone! It is not just the gasses that are produced that are bad for the planet; producing fashion can use up 800 litres of water per kilo of clothes produced.
Why fashion needs to be more ethical…
The Ethical Fashion movement, which strives to address the problems it sees with how fashion operates currently such as exploitative labour and environmental damage among other things has highlighted a number of issues with the modern fashion industry.
The clothes you wear might be making someone else miserable. In order to make clothing at a more affordable price, retailers outsource production to factories in countries with lower labour costs like Bangladesh and Vietnam. These are often very unsafe working conditions that exploit workers for long periods of time without giving them any benefits or pay increases as their work productivity improves.
- Child labourers, adults and children alike, are exposed to conditions that can cause health problems and violence such as overtime demands and cramped rooms. The low cost of fashion on the high street leaves less money for workers who make them.
- In recent decades, textile production practices have been considered unsustainable because of the damage they do to the environment. For example, in Central Asia, the once fertile and large Aral Sea has shrunk due to vast quantities of water used for cotton production and dying.
- The textile industry is also a major contributor to global warming. The production of textiles requires large amounts of energy and water, which leads to the release of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere that contributes greatly to climate change
- The low cost and convenience of fast fashion mean that much of it is destined for incinerators or landfill sites. The UK alone throws away 1 million tonnes of clothing every year.
What can we do about it?
It is time to say goodbye to the fast fashion model and hello to a more sustainable way of producing, green products and processes that will bring you a better experience in the long run. We need to bring back the connection between those people who have made the clothes and people who are wearing the clothes.
The sustainable fashion movement is about more than just recycling and reusing. It’s also a way of thinking, an attitude that will help us to live better lives in the future – for ourselves as well our planet! We believe that fashion has the power to be a force for positive change in the world and we want to create social, economic, and environmental impact.
The Ethical Fashion Initiative works with talented designers and artisans to create a connection between international brands in the fashion industry and people who need it most—emerging economies. The Ethical Fashion Initiative is a non-profit organisation that works with talented designers and artisans to create sustainable livelihoods for people living in poverty.
The EFI has been working in India for over a decade, and is now expanding its work to Bangladesh. The organisation works with talented designers who are living below the poverty line of $US60 per month – connecting them directly or indirectly through our network—to global lifestyle brands such as Nike; creating meaningful employment opportunities that not only provide income but also better quality products at affordable prices while promoting sustainable livelihoods on both sides: emerging economies like China where many members live under US$ 60/month-and developed markets including North America (where most consumers can afford luxury goods).
In addition, they support design talent from Africa by showcasing their creativity via mentorship programmes that encourage manufacturing using African artisans – supporting export capacities development too!
See more at https://ethicalfashioninitiative.org/