Broken Fashion – sustainability and workers’ rights

With the BBC asking today “Can the ‘broken’ fashion industry become more sustainable?” Safia Minney writes:

Millie Mackintosh at Slow Fashion event
Millie Mackintosh, Slow Fashion event, photo credit BBC website

“Slow fashion has a low-environmental impact and high -social impact.

It transforms lives and communities. The current fast fashion model is dysfunctional, being highly exploitative and polluting. We need to use clothing as a tool for change by increasing the “value-added” in each item to benefit the maximum number of people making it – that means producing in biodegradable, low impact fibres like organic cotton, generating good wages for farmers and to go beyond paying garment workers who operate machines fairly. We need to design and make fashion through fair trade with artisans making handwoven fabrics, hand knitting and hand embellishments. (Making clothing that is treasured and valued is after all what we did until 40 years ago).

People Tree, is proof that this is possible despite competing in this mad MESSED UP Fashion world.”

Safia Minney, MBE is
Founder of People Tree, Author and Campaigner
Follow Safia on twitter, @SafiaMinney and instagram here @Safia_Minney and here @SlaveToFash

 

BBC article reference : https://www.bbc.co.uk/

Further reading: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environmental-audit-committee/