Everyone with a conscience and a wardrobe knows that fast fashion is killing the planet. Fashion is cited as the second most polluting industry in the world and COVID-19 has proved that the production chains shipping billions of cheaply made garments from Asia to the West are deeply unsustainable.
GLAMOUR is all about conscious consumption. Before you buy you should think about the fabrics our clothes are made from, how the workers were treated and paid, what chemicals were used in their processing… There are so many sustainable ways to shop that we shouldn’t need fast fashion, but it’s a behemoth business and simply stopping shopping is not the answer. Except that is exactly what the Coronavirus crisis has forced us to do.
Since Europe went into lockdown, high street retailers cancelled $2billion worth of orders. That’s 982million garments meant to be for sale in a store near you along with approximately 1 million factory workers in Bangladesh now out of work. Without government support, furlough schemes or employment insurance the workers – and their families – are in trouble. To put it bluntly, as one factory owner said, “If coronavirus doesn’t kill my workers, then starvation will.” Muhymin Chowdhury,