We all make a point to know where our food comes from, and many consumers use their purchasing power to buy local and organic products. Why is this not the same for our clothes?
The building collapse in Bangladesh is only one example in a myriad of factory problems that plague the clothing industry. In the vicious cycle of cheap clothes, cheaper production operations and an even cheaper labor force, everyone from consumers to fashion brands are at fault for allowing the momentum of the bottom-line profits and savings to drive the industry. However, the United Nations has laid the legal responsibility on fashion brands to increase safety and inspections in their clothing factories. While the Clean Clothes Campaign is a small stitch in the right direction in the seam of the fabric that unites our society, we must not let the disappearances of these news stories from headlines to prevent change. Let us remain conscientious of the problems in our billion dollar clothing industry and keep pushing for improvements in every part of the assembly line.
Read more: CNN News Story: Bangladesh Collapse