The fashion industry is portrayed to be glamorous, luxurious and alluring. But behind all that glitz, is an ugly labour-exploiting, environmentally dangerous side to the industry that has yet to be spoken about. Ethical fashion aims to bring about such issues into light.
With the advent of globalisation, the fashion industry has boomed because of the introduction of outsourcing material and labour for the purposes of low-cost production. This also led to the induction of industrial methods of producing cotton due to the high demand, meaning that high street fashion is available at increasingly low prices, and much of it is regarded as disposable. The fashion industry alone is the second largest polluter in the world. The industry also houses other social evils like employment of children as workers, exploitation, animal cruelty etc.
Ethical Fashion aims to address the problems it sees with the way the fashion industry currently operates, which includes the use of hazardous chemicals. Ethical fashion represents an approach to the design, sourcing and manufacture of clothing which maximises benefits to people and communities while minimising impact on the environment. The meaning of ethical goes beyond doing no harm, representing an approach which strives to take an active role in poverty reduction, sustainable livelihood creation, minimising and counteracting environmental concerns.
There are numerous underrated fashion brands that believe in sustainability, but with the prevailing trends in the markets of all commercial brands, they hardly get talked about. Many Indian brands have adapted this fashion conscious way of producing and Lakme Fashion Week early this year even dedicated a show to the practice of sustainability.
The need of the hour is to become fashion conscious and be aware of what we are putting on our body. All human beings have a social responsibility and change needs to be implemented in the way we choose to shop and dump. The social cost at which the fashion industry is operating right cannot be justified in any manner what so ever.
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