Fast Fashion and Child Labour – The Truths You Need to Know

June 4, 2020

According to Wikipedia, Fast fashion is a contemporary term used by fashion retailers for designs that flow from the catwalk quickly to capture current fashion trends. Fast fashion clothing collections are based on the most recent fashion trends.

Fast fashion became prevalent because of cheaper clothing, an increase in the appetite for fashionable clothing, and an increase in purchasing power.

Some Fast-Fashion Leaders Include the Spanish chain, Zara, H&M of Sweden, UNIQLO of Japan, GAP and Forever 21 of the United States, and Topshop of England.

According to Investopedia, there have been several criticisms of Fast fashion on intellectual property grounds, with some designers alleging that their designs are being illegally mass-produced by retailers, thereby contributing to pollution and poor quality. Also, poor working conditions and the use of Child Labour in developing countries, where many of the clothing are being manufactured, has been an essential topic in the Fashion Industry.

According to Dressember, Child labour is prominent in the fashion industry due to its complex supply chain and high demand for products from consumers like you and I.

Also, The US Department of Labor shows that 51 countries – all low or middle-income countries – use child labour in at least one part of their garment or jewellery supply chain

Watch this Interview with Miss Fatima who was a ex-employee at Spanish apparel retailer, Zara, as she shares the juice and gives us the real facts about fast fashion and the speculations on child labour.

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