Fashion Industry Braces For Traceability
Posted by : Mary Wutz /
Fashion industry changes are nothing new. With fast fashion being so prevalent, it's actually pretty amazing how many changes come each year. Not all are for the best either.
Sarah Ripper writes on Uplift:
"We are becoming increasingly aware of what we eat, and what we put on our body in terms of cosmetics and other personal care products. It is becoming more common for people to be mindful of the social and environmental impacts or benefits of their consumer choices. This awareness is filtering into parts of the clothing industry and the fashion world.
It seems the fashion industry is spearing down several paths and some companies are increasingly compelled to utilise transparency and ethical practice as part of their sales pitch, but how authentic are their claims? The bulk of it is clothing with very short life spans. I’m definitely not a fashionista. I source lots of my clothes from op shops, pieces that are hand-sewn (not by me, I lack the sewing knack) or made by local designers.
But, I still have pieces in my wardrobe with questionable supply chains – those bits and pieces that were cheap or convenient for me to buy. What’s the real cost of my choices?"
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She goes on to discuss the statistics for how damaging the fashion industry is to our planet. It takes two thousand seven hundred gallons of water to make one cotton t-shirt. It also takes 1/3 of a pound of chemicals.
All of that waste is ending up on our shorelines and polluting. We are also increasing the amount of waste in landfills. The fibers used in most fashion don't biodegrade well.
It doesn't just impact the Earth either. Women are the number one gender employed to make these garments across the world. Over 90% of them don't even make a living wage.
Not only are we destroying our Earth but we are destroying other humans.
This has to stop.
What can you do about it? We're glad you asked.
Fashion Industry Changes Start With You
You have the ability to cast a vote with your money. Every dollar that you put towards a product is your voice saying you're okay with the supply chain that particular company uses.
More than that you have the ability to simplify your wardrobe and take it back to a more natural feel.
We understand that for many people this is difficult. When you wave the cost a little inconvenience versus global impact it should be pretty simple to decide.
We are more than happy to discuss with you any questions you might have about what you can do to help us change the world. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below in the comment section.