Fast Fashion Industry Analysis

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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…
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 …show more content…
These workers, in return, receive bad working conditions. In the 1970’s clothing companies started moving their factories to China, India, Bangladesh, Mexico, and other nations where labor is less expensive. (Real Cost 1) Negative impacts occur at every stage from those who grow the cotton to the garment workers. For making a $100 pair of jeans, the factory workers only receive 50 cents. (Environmental 16) Clothing workers in China make $1.26 an hour and in Cambodia, workers make just 52 cents. (Real Cost 3) Safety inspections are rare in these factories because they take both time and money. (Real Cost 2) Although, enforcement of regulations is usually the government’s responsibility. The companies that sell the clothes in the US profit the most from the cheap labor. On average, Americans purchase about 68 pieces of clothing per year. (Real Cost 3) Ben Ramsden, who is a founder of Pants to Poverty and Pi Foundation wants to fix these issues in other countries and said “it is our hope to launch this process and support its emergence as a new standard for corporate reporting. (Environmental 17)
In conclusion, 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. The US benefits in various ways from the fashion industry, but takes a toll on both, other countries, and causes environmental

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