Pondering; Death of Fast Fashion

I've been learning a lot about the fashion industry this year, I am fairly new to it all and have much to explore. There are so many cool new 'sustainable' independent brands out there and its so exciting to see how the needs of the planet are shifting peoples attitudes finally.

I saw a programme on BBC I Player recently, it was about the largest producer of western high street 'Fast Fashion' in Bangladesh.   It featured the owner of the factory that supplies many well known brands left with thousands of pairs of jeans piled high to the roof and a £2000 a day port bill for cargo waiting to be shipped to the UK. These huge companies cancelled their orders due to the pandemic back in the spring last year leaving this guy in ruins, having to sell his own house to pay for the port fees, his workers so desperate for income, terrified of what was next for them with little savings and no other option. It got me thinking about these poor women, how will the survive, will it be safe, what about their families? The next best opportunity for earning was shelling nuts for 30p a day?

I could be wrong, I may be ignorant, I have much to learn yet something inside me feels theres a lot of western idealism and great privilege wrapped up in the model of 'sustainability'. And although this is killing the planet, its also killing humans who can no longer afford to eat. I saw how unwilling these huge companies are to support their hard working staff when the he going gets tough. Perhaps its time they collapse once and for all,  I know planet will be reap the benefits, the impoverished workers are left with a huge ? over their future. It breaks my heart. 

People vs the Planet once again. 

Just pondering, your comments are welcome. 

Love Lalita.

 

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