Today, one out of six people on earth work in fashion, churning out 100 billion garments a year. Yet 98 percent of them do not earn a living wage, and 2.1 billion tonnes of clothing is thrown away annually. The clothing industry's exploitation of fellow humans and the environment has reached epic levels. What should we do?
Bestselling author and veteran journalist Dana Thomas has travelled the globe to find the answers. In Fashionopolis, she details the damage wrought by fashion's behemoths, and celebrates the visionaries- including activists, artisans, designers, and tech entrepreneurs- fighting for change.
We are all in this dilemma of habits that create perceived happiness. It is of course, perceived, as we are spectating behind smoke and mirrors. If we truly knew what the cost was of that unassuming smock dress, would we still add it to our basket? So, its upon us to move from perceived happiness to factual reality. The only way we can do this, is the age old method of educating ourselves. This book takes you along this journey, not in small footsteps, but in huge strides. It brings you up to speed on the history of the clothing industry, the commercial direction it has taken and the junction it has currently reached.
Changing our habits and caring for where our clothes came from is, of course, a collective effort of shifting our mindsets. Technology has a huge part to play in the ease and speed at which we buy, but whilst we currently have some time on our hands, lets use it to make wise decisions.
Make a start, you will change your ways forever.