The Problems Behind Fashion
The fashion industry moves trillions of dollars around the world and makes up about 2% of the world's gross domestic product. In the United States alone, the industry employs more than 30 million people through the supply chain, from agriculture to retail.
Unfortunately, the industry faces several problems:
Fashion contributes up to 4% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
The production processes involve compounds and chemicals that are harmful to waterways, land and even health.
- labor policies
Exploitation of minor labor, irregular work, deplorable working conditions, abuse and discrimination are quite common along the supply chain, especially in those developing countries where the big brands have outsourced production.
One example is the collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2013. The building housed a clothing factory and the collapse caused the death of more than 1,100 workers.