Fast fashion has long been harrassed by its negative reputation in the industry, what with its questionable labor practices, rampant counterfeiting issues, poor quality and tons of clothing waste per year. It's no surprise why fast beauty is being dragged by the negativity for prioritizing trends and formulas rather than ethical practices. Thriving companies like Kylie Cosmetics, Winky Lux and Be For Beauty are all the more being questioned for its ethics due to the buzz they generate, withstanding the test of seasons.
In lieu of Burberry burning nearly $37 million worth of unsold stock -- and getting burned for it, too -- reports have surfaced stating that the fashion industry is one of the five major industries contributing to modern slavery. According to The Global Slavery Index 2018 report, fashion garments are seen to be one of the biggest items at risk of being produced through modern slavery practices. Some of the most at risk garments come from China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil and Argentina.
One of the world's largest online secondhand retailer, thredUp, has penned an open letter to Burberry. and it is not a fan made letter for the high-fashion brand. After Burberry received a very controversial backlash due to burning more than $37 million worth of clothing just to keep things exclusive, thredUp invited the brand to send them any unsold product for resale on their secondhand site, promising to donate 100% of the proceeds to the environmental charity of their choice. “At thredUp we believe in extending the life of clothes,” the company said.
After the trage Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 which killed more than 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh, many fashion brands has since jumped into a more eco-friendly approach in terms of producing their clothing lines. To debate if sustainable fashion has become a new normal in the industry is out of the question.
When one fashion brand jumps into a bandwagon, another joins in on the group. The latest fashion label to jump into the sustainability bandwagon is none other than ASOS. In recent years, we've seen the rise of eco-friendly fashion brands such as Veja, Simon Miller and Reformation take full circle in terms of dealing with fast-fashion problem. Now, ASOS is taking full responsibility, too.
How is fast fashion an ethical way of doing a sustainable approach in the industry? A woman-led jewelry brand is about to bridge the gap between two opposing worlds. According to Gwen Floyd, co-founder of Soko, an artisan-made jewelry brand, “We don't need to make choices between our wallets and our values.”
A sustainable capsule wardrobe would not be complete without a lingerie... and after years of waiting, it's finally arrived. Some brands have already launched their lingerie starter-packs and people couldn't be more excited! What better way to start a sustainable journey than with your intimates.
While it is a given fact that the fashion industry produces so much waste in the environment, is it true that only the rich people care about sustainability? The rise of eco-friendly brands have gone up in the last few years, but still not so much have jumped into the sustainable bandwagon.
Fast-fashion in the UK isn't as stylish and fashionable as one may think, as it has led to a multi-billion pound wasteland, according to sources. An inquiry by House of Commons environmental audit committee will explore carbon impact, resource use and water footprint of the British fashion cycle and supply chain.
Apart from the fashion industry being “underfire” with a bunch of ugly things, the beauty industry is also under some serious reckoning. Cases involving low-wage factories for high-profile brands, environmental concerns, dangerous working conditions and more, is your favorite beauty product really safe for hygienic use?
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