What's Going On Here?
Six years after the Rana Plaza clothes factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,138 people, Fashion Revolution have just released their annual fashion Transparency Index.
This reveals how much information the 200 biggest fashion brands disclose about factors such as their working conditions and environmental impact.
Who are these guys?
In 2018, global fashion sales grew by a massive 4.5%, with consumers spending a whopping $1.7 trillion in 2018, with many of these purchases being made online.
Online shopping gives us a double dopamine hit: once when buying an item and once when we open it. This could be further fuelling our addiction to fast fashion, which is bad news for the environment and for garment workers.
Fashion is a notoriously polluting industry and most of the people making our clothes still live in poverty. It’s estimated that the fashion industry emits ~ 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas (around 10% of global emissions) each year. This is being made worse in part by next-day-delivery, leading to more delivery trucks being sent out, often half-empty. Making matters worse, fast fashion items are often worn less than 5 times, and less than 1% of clothing material is recycled into new clothing at the end of its lifespan.