The Dirty Truth of Fast Fashion:
What You Need to Know
Laura Camilleri | 10 August 2020
8 not so fun fast fashion facts to help convince you to buy consciously.
- It takes 20,000 litres of water to grow enough cotton to produce the equivalent of ONE shirt and ONE pair of jeans.
- Fashion is the second largest world polluter, the first being oil.
- A staggering 60 million people work in the garment industry to fuel fast fashion.
- Asia supplies more than 90% of garments imported into Australia.
- Australian’s are sending 6,000 kilograms of fashion and textile to landfill EVERY TEN MINUTES.
- Globally, we consumer 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year – 400% more than 20 years ago.
- Bangladesh, India, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia all have a legal minimum wage of less than AUD$1 per hour.
- It would take a garment worker in Bangladesh 4,000 years to earn the equivalent of the CEO of the brand they work for.
World Wildlife Fund Sustainable Agriculture | Still In The Dark – Oxfam Australia 2014 | War On Waste – ABC Episode 3 | The True Cost Movie Disposable Clothing | What She Makes, Power and Poverty in the Fashion Industry – Oxfam Australia 2017
The dirty side of fast fashion
In 2013, 1,138 people were killed in the tragic Bangladesh Rana Plaza Factory collapse (aka Dhaka Garment Factory). After discovering cracks in the lower floors of the 8 story building the banks and shops were closed immediately. However, the garment workers were forced to continue working with the known structural problems. The building collapsed the following day in peak hour. On top of the death toll roughly 2,500 people were rescued alive.
The collapse is considered the deadliest structural failure in modern human history and the worst in the garment factory industry. The tragedy sparked worldwide criticism and is a driving force of change for the Fashion Revolution campaign.
I am sharing these painful stories to help you see that where you purchase and the quantities that you purchase have an effect beyond your wallet. If we make an effort to purchases our garments locally we can rest easy knowing that workers were treated fairly and have their basic humans rights respected.
What can you do to help combat fast fashion?
– Buy Australian Made! Manufactures must adhere to strict Government regulations in
regards to safe working conditions, paying living wages and quality control.
– Consume less (article on capsule wardrobe coming soon!)
– Donate or resell your preloved clothes!!
– Embrace your inner Macklemore and go thrift shopping.
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