The Pros And Cons Of Fashion

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“Fast fashion isn’t free. Someone, somewhere is paying” a famous quote by Lucy Siegle. Fashion has been a major theme of this century, and has become a way of individual’s expressing themselves and has turned into a recreational activity, but no one actually thinks about what cost society pays for this. Many clothing items bought in the United States today, happen to be manufactured in other countries. The price of clothing has many effects on the world, and might be cheaper in the US because people die in other countries to make it. Mankind could fix these issues by raising awareness of the well-being of workers in other countries, not just theirs. Throughout time, the popularity of shopping has risen, but the economic and worldwide effects …show more content…
Department stores such as H&M work with big name designers to make the clothing more affordable. Online stores such as ASOS try to replicate designer clothing, and create knock-off clothing, for less. Affordable designer clothing adds $59.1 billion US dollars to the British economy every year. (1) The US abstains these affordable designer clothes for cheap prices, by manufacturing their clothes in other countries. The UK, China, and Bangladesh happen to be major sources of fashion manufacturing. Another example of how fashion affects the world is the deprecating amount of natural resources that are major contributors in throw-away fashion. The fashion industry happens to be one of the most consumer-driven sectors. A handful of shoppers today use impulsive buying, and see shopping as a leisure activity because of the low prices. (Environmental 4) The world’s resources can not keep up with the increasing demand for throw-away fashion. Cotton, which is a major key material in the clothing industry is responsible for 2.6 percent of the global water use. Water supply and demand are not distributing evenly and if the imbalance is not corrected by 2030, demand for water will exceed supply by 40%. 17-20% of the industrial water pollution comes from textile …show more content…
The industry majorly affects the country, but the country also has various effects on other countries. An example of how the fashion industry affects the United States happens to be that it brings in $19 billion a year. The garment industry has almost doubled in size since 2011, and is worth about $20 billion a year. In 2011, the industry got its highest export of $4 billion. (Counting) The US also majorly affects other countries through the fashion industry, in mostly negative ways. Other countries have much lower working conditions because of the low cost on clothes made for the US. A company called True Religion, who produces its jeans in California claims that they could sell $300 jeans for $40 if they were made in China. (Real Cost 3) Many major companies are trying to avoid paying taxes, causing garment workers to be paid less. (Counting) Society is working on fixing this issue, but do not yet have a definite solution. Workers may abandon the clothes made in Bangladesh because there happen to be safety issues in the factories similar to sweatshop conditions. An interview suggestion: set a basis on minimum wage that has to be followed so there is no debate about what is right. (Counting) Thanks to the United States, factory conditions have improved over the past 10 years. They are starting to insure regular checks around factories, and continue to work on improving garment workers’ working

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