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The fashion industry gets a lot of flack these days. The excess, the overtly sexual advertising, the humanitarian issues, the waste, the lawsuits, the list goes on.
The industry giants have dedicated millions of dollars to massive PR campaigns, going so far as to launch “conscious collections“ and donate proceeds to worthy causes. Yet despite these efforts, the truth remains — fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world. Here’s what they don’t want you to know: Continue reading “5 Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know”
Spanish high-street retailer Zara has been accused of allegedly accepting slave-labor working conditions supplanted by more than 30 of its outsourced plants running in Brazil. During an episode of the investigative TV show called A Liga (The League) reporters visited a factory where Bolivian immigrant workers were caught in slave-like conditions in garment production for the Galicia-based company, which is part of the Inditex group. Inditex’s owner, billionaire Amancio Ortega, is listed by Forbes as the 7th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $31 billion. Continue reading “Zara Accused Of Alleged ‘Slave Labor’ In Brazil”
This is not an isolated case. According to the Brazilian government, the two Sao Paulo workshops in which illegal immigrants were manufacturing clothes for Zara in conditions bordering on slavery are just the tip of the iceberg. The South American giant’s Labor Ministry says that at least 33 other workshops subcontracted by the Galician firm would have detected the same irregularities: overcrowding, unhealthy working conditions and wages of misery . But the multinational Inditex, owner of Zara, insists that this is an “exceptional situation,” according to El Confidencial, an official spokesman for the textile group founded by Amancio Ortega .
Big garment brands and retailers have their products made under exploitative and unhealthy conditions by girls in Tamil Nadu, South India. The girls, mostly younger than 18 and from a Dalit (‘outcaste’) background are employed under the Sumangali Scheme. Continue reading “SOMO Captured by cotton”