Understanding why fast fashion should not be a trend.

It is a bargin for you, but it is blood for them. The fashion idustry is becoming more and more competititve. Our clothes are produced overseas by people who are not protected by labor laws.

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  1. Fashion is a staple element in culture. People have used fashion for decades to convey the principles of ones culture. Style is ever changing, and our constant consumption puts a high cost on the humans who make our clothing. Our media plays a significant role in our over consumption as a society. We are repeatedly exposed to advertisement, celebrities, pop culture which conveys to the masses that they need to buy this product in order to attain a certain lifestyle. The media attaches an emotion with the product which is why these companies are so successful. It's important that we as consumers become aware of the ethical impurities that our materialistic endeavors produce though. The documentary "The True Cost" is featured on Netflix which is highly informative and eyeopening. The film attends to key moral points in the production of our clothing as a western culture. The film is considerate of the creative process that goes into producing clothing, but keys in on the people who physically produce the garments. The film allows us to delve deeper into the moral issues of something we often overlook.
  2. 'The True Cost' - Official Trailer
  3. In the 1960's approximatley 97% of our clothing was made in America. And now only 3% of our clothing is made in the US. Winter, summer, spring, and autum are the four seasons but, the fashion industry has manipulated the four seasons into 52 season which makes us even more frequent consumers because of the reoccuring images of materalistic values that are endlessly put into our pyche.
  4. 'Fast Fashion' is the fast changing trends that come at a cheap price for the consumer. The companies want to make their profit and dismiss the human beings behind the work. The carelessness of the production is what makes us so sustainable to endless consumption. In other words, fast fashion is like being stuffed from eating so much but contintuing to eat becasue food is in front of you. We consume because it's just there for us, and it was placed in front of us becasue we become accustomed to the lifestyles that these companies are fabricating for us.
  5. Globalization I - The Upside: Crash Course World History #41
  6. The production of our garmets are outsourced becasue it is cheaper in terms of money. Large clothing companies look to developing countries overseas becasue it is simply cheaper. The working conditions are unsafe, child labor is present, and the conditions are not going to improve unless there is accountability taken for the lives that make the clothes that we put on our back. Buisness's are so caught up in making their peice of the profit that they often neglect the importance of human rights.
  7. As a society we consume things so quickly that we do not recognize the true value of some of our belongings. We percieve our clothing and belognings as disposable. We have this cyclic mindset that more things are always coming or, that something better is coming without appreciating what we already own. Society needs to be fed or it falls off its course so, we consume till there is something new to consume. I think it is good to consume but, we are doing it mindlessly and without concern for the very people who produce the product.
  8. Back in April 2014 a garmet factory in Bangledesh collapsed and left many injured and even killed. The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory was devastating and unimaginable. How is it that we could let our cosumer craving diminish the humanistic rights of others? We treat our belongings just as we treat the people behind the product who make our clothing. Which is dissapointing and immoral. The workers who make our garments are mostly women and young children. The conditions and hours they work in seem unfit to sustain any kind of life. The individuals who make our clothing earn about two dollars a day. You could argue that our living standards are exceedinly different to the lives of garment factory workers, but they should still be treated as human beings with rights that ensure their safety, and well being.
  9. Fashion is an incredible thing but it needs to be re-evaluated on an moral level. The fashion indusry is a 3 trillion dollar buisness. The industry is also the second most polluting industry. It is important that you take that fact into consideration. Most people fail to recognize how clothing could be so harmful to us and even our environment.
  10. The clothes you give to charity often end up being given to developing countries. Now, this is a postive asepct however the problem occurs in that those countries lose local buisness when we donate all of our excess clothes and they end up in landfills. The chemicals in the clothing are often harmful to the earth becasue they are not biodegradeable.
  11. Without the producers there would be no consumer. The consumers need to take into consideration about the ethical background of how the clothing is made. It's easy for us to often turn our heads and not look too deep into the way a shirt was made. The fashion industry is making profits off of cheap labor and brainwashed consumers. It is our respsoniblity as consumers to ask questions and challenege methods in order to a create an enviornment of activism. Activism is essential to growth and understanding.
  12. Fashion: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  13. There is nothing trendy about women and young children risking their lives so that I can wear a cool skirt that will be thrown in the back of my closet next week. The conditions will not change immediatley but, as long as we educate ourselves on the rising moral issues of our production and cosumption we can become closer to making an impactful change. Fashion is well-connected to who we are. The fashion industry needs to detoxify it's approach. Fashion is a creative outlet and should be a safe space. As a person who has adored fashion for my entire life, it was striking to me that such cruelty was put into my t-shirt. Our society has devalued far too many things. We need to learn to value the products, but more importantly the people who make the products.
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