LET’S BE FRANK. If all we cared about was the environment then we should all stop wearing clothes all together. No production is 100% good for the environment. At some point in the production, no matter how good our intentions are, we are taking from the earth. If we want the pollution to stop and the trees to keep growing we should stop all development and just let the earth do its thing.But we don’t just care about the environment, we care about people too. We care that people are happy and healthy, that they are warm and earning money, and we care that they are treated well and thriving. We can figure out how to get a massive metal thing to fly in the sky and how to get a picture to travel through the air to our friend’s phone, so we’re clearly intelligent buggers. We will never be content to just sit and look at the clouds - it’s in our nature to create.
1 in 6 people around the world work in the fashion industry. It’s a huge employer, especially in developing countries where jobs are scarce. When fashion is done properly it’s a safe, inspiring industry for people to work in. But sadly that’s not the case in every factory. Workers can be treated badly, exploited and paid so poorly they can’t afford to buy food. According to Bloomberg’s research, if we paid workers living wages it would add only 1% to the average retail price.