Non Governmental Organizations And Government Legislation Should Add Fashion Sustainability

1370 Words Jan 20th, 2016 6 Pages
It’s become easier than ever to turn a blind eye in order to enjoy a cheaply made, materialistic pleasure. However, keeping an extra dollar in your pocket may be costing someone their life. Unethical fashion, an umbrella term to describe ethical design, production, retail, and purchasing, is a growing problem in today’s society. With the increasing demand for cheap and affordable clothing, the background of fair trade and sweatshops is often overlooked, as well as the disregard for the waste that goes back into the environment. Consumers benefit from lower prices but at the cost of unsafe conditions, poor wages, and environmental damages. In order to address this problem and inform the masses on the source of their products, brands should accept responsibility for educating consumers, and non-governmental organizations and government legislation should add fashion sustainability to their agenda. Although the problem may be oceans away, it is a fundamental issue that we still need to address. With an increase in popularity of online shopping, it’s become so much faster to get what you want and when you want it. Behind the scenes, brands and retailers are even resorting to exploiting already underpaid works to make supply in order to keep up with the consumers’ demands; this is the fundamentals of fast fashion. Fast fashion is a term used to describe cheap and affordable clothes, which results from catwalk designs moving into stores as quickly as possible in order to respond…
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