Mittwoch, 11. Mai 2011

blog watch: Blica recommends Lucy Siegle's "why fast fashion is slow death for the planet"

"leseempfehlung: fast fashion.
wir kaufen immer mehr kleidung - und das zugleich immer billiger. wie sehr sich unser konsumverhalten in den letzten jahren und jahrzehnten verändert hat, analysiert lucy siegle in ihrem artikel Why fast fashion is slow death for the planet in der britischen tageszeitung the guardian: My collection is testament to the extraordinary way we now consume clothes. And I don't have to come around to your house and have a look to make a good guess at what you've got in your cupboards, because over the past decade and a half not only have we bought more at increasing speed, but our tastes have become increasingly homogenised. und ich gebe zu: auch ich fühle mich ertappt."
gefunden bei / found via Blica

An excerpt from the Guardian article by Lucy Siegle:

"So how does Big Fashion keep costs so low? Fashion's engine is powered by an estimated 40 million garment workers, the Cut, Make and Trim army. Cut, Make and Trim (CMT) is the point in the fashion chain where – raw fibre having been spun into fabric, and patterns and trends decided – the garments are actually made. Another estimated 30 million homeworkers (mostly women) bead, embroider and sew sequins on to garments.

Overseas garment factories have become synonymous with low and exploitative wages. Often a garment worker will represent the sole source of income for a family, and in Bangladesh earning £1 a day is far below what you need to support a family of three, four or five.

Research shows that many western companies place vast orders with southeast Asian CMT facilities with cursory calculations as to what they can handle. Garment workers are therefore under extraordinary pressure to complete orders on time. Enforced, often unpaid overtime is one of the most contentious issues. The most serious allegations include working days that are habitually stretched from 10 hours to 15, with workers locked inside factories at night to finish orders, subjected to intimidation and even violence to make them feel they have no choice but to stay."

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