The True Cost
By Andrew Morgan (2015)
The True Cost is about the immense environmental and human cost of the fashion industry – all for the sake of a few people raking in immense profits.
The modern trend of “fast fashion” is the most destructive. Over the last few decades, the big fashion brands have sought to make clothes so cheap that consumers only wear them a few times before discarding them and buying new ones.
The average American purchases 80 pieces of clothing a year, 400% more than two decades ago. The US disposes of 11 million pounds of textile waste a year, an average of 82 pounds per person.
Reliance on Sweatshops
Lowering the cost of clothes has necessitated moving 97% of clothing manufacture overseas. Bangladesh, where workers (who are 85% women) earn less than $3 a day, is the favorite of most big name brands…
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