Fast Fashion - More Than Just Money

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Fast Fashion - More Than Just Money
Fast fashion is a term used for the mindset of consumers that fashion is something that we need to buy over and over again, very often, for very cheap. Fast fashion may seem like a good thing to the average consumer, but there are many consequences to it that people don’t know about. Ninety-five percent of fashion sold in America is made in factories overseas, where there are no labor laws in place. The garment workers in the factories are only paid an average of $2 a day. The owners of the factories cut corners on safety, leading to fires and other disasters, resulting in the loss of life. There are also no environmental laws, so the rivers and lakes that people depend on for clean water have become polluted by the chemicals used in leather factories, shoe making, and dyeing fabric. The negative effects of fast fashion vastly outweigh the positive effects of it. Garment workers in places such as Bangladesh, China, and other third world countries with no labor laws, face a hard and dangerous life. Since they live in so much poverty, garment workers are forced to take jobs in factories for low wages in unsafe conditions. Very often, parents will have to send their children away, because they have no way to take care of them, nor do they want to bring them into the factories because of the toxic fumes and unsafe conditions. Parents will be able to see their kids once or twice a year if they are lucky. However, most of the time, parents

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