Why cheap fashion may be a false economy

The global apparel market is valued at £3 trillion. The value of the UK fashion industry is around £66 billion. In other words fashion is one of the biggest and most lucrative markets that there is. However, it’s also one of the most damaging. A study by news site AlterNet found that textile is the second biggest polluting sector, behind only Big Oil. The fashion industry’s record on animal rights is pretty poor – leather and cruel fur farms are constantly a source of scandal. Add to that the claims of child slave labour and poor working conditions and you have an industry that seems all about beauty that is only skin deep. Nevertheless, 2016 has been a bumper year for ethical and sustainable style. Designers such as Stella McCartney lead the way in cruelty free clothing and campaigns such as #whomademyclothes have got people to think about where clothes really comes from. Of course there is a still a long way to go. One of the major obstacles to reducing spend on disposable f


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