The fashion industry is known to exploit natural resources, human, and animals. Many clothing brands are reconsidering their manufacturing processes. People are now protesting against unethical fashion. Following are the major issues in the fashion industry today.
In order to produce cheap clothes, many major fashion brands relocate their production facilities in the underdeveloped countries. They employ even children to work for them. These countries are in poverty, so parents send their children to work. Children often have to work in critical environmental conditions for the entire day. By working early, these children lose their rights to be educated.
The fashion industry pays very low wage to the workers in the underdeveloped countries. Though these companies claim that they are generating income in these countries, but the low wage they pay is unethical. This amount doesn’t even cover their basic needs.
The companies in the fashion industry are known to build their production facilities in underdeveloped countries very poorly. It is dangerous for the health of the workers. Some workers like the cotton farmers are exposed to pesticides and other chemicals for long hours. This poses risk to their health.
The fashion industry creates carbon footprints during the production of clothes. Chemicals are washed away in nearby rivers or streams. Harmful gasses are released into the air also.
Cruelty to animals
Some companies use the fur and skin of animals to make clothes while others pollute the habitat of the animals and disrupt the food chains. Animals are often bred in captivity to get their fur. The skin of snakes and crocodiles are used to make shoes, handbags, etc.
When you buy clothes next time, you must ensure that the brand you are purchasing from practices ethical methods of production. This way you can do something fruitful for this world.