Writing Skills

Social issues – Fast fashion

My social issue that I chose to do is fast fashion.

The definition –

Exploitable brands using fashion trends and the high street to mass produce them at a low cost and to keep profits. Fast fashion started to become a difficulty in the early 2000s as that’s when the turnover of trends started to become more rapid and society started to become more interested in fashion retail.

Fast fashion brands –

This is becoming a growing issue because its not a small handful of brands that are part of this group its many such as; Shien (which has over 20 million followers on instagram), H&M, Boohoo and Primark are just some examples.

Why fast fashion is bad –

10% of all the carbon emissions in the world are caused because of fast fashion. Additionally, people that work for these brands normally are of the less fortunate and so are extremely exploited in how they get paid, not just that but normally the conditions are bad in their workplace but the owners don’t care because its all about the profit that they are making. An example of these bad conditions are cramped, poorly ventilated and un-hygenic workplaces. ‘do something org’ https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-sweatshops# states some more realities of sweatshops such as ‘in developing countries an estimated 168 million children ages 5 to 14 are forced to work’ These aren’t just adults that have to face these conditions its children too as they also work in the sweatshops. This isn’t normally out of choice, these children probably have no other way because their family needs money. Some countries that struggle the most and are the most affected by fast fashion are China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia. These are also where most of the sweatshops are based and where a handful of textiles are produced. ‘Pebble’, 10% of all the carbon emissions in the world are caused because of fast fashion. Additionally, people that work for these brands normally are of the less fortunate and so are extremely exploited in how they get paid, not just that but normally the conditions are bad in their workplace but the owners don’t care because its all about the profit that they are making. An example of these bad conditions are cramped, poorly ventilated and un-hygenic workplaces. ‘do something org’ https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-sweatshops# states some more realities of sweatshops such as ‘in developing countries an estimated 168 million children ages 5 to 14 are forced to work’ These aren’t just adults that have to face these conditions its children too as they also work in the sweatshops. This isn’t normally out of choice, these children probably have no other way because their family needs money. Some countries that struggle the most and are the most affected by fast fashion are China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia. These are also where most of the sweatshops are based and where a handful of textiles are produced. ‘Pebble’, another website indicates and states 6 clear reasons why fast fashion is a negative thing https://pebblemag.com/magazine/living/whats-wrong-with-fast-fashion which are; water usage, microfibers, greenhouse gases, deforestation, toxins and human rights.

Another website that I looked at was ‘1million women’ https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/ This included information as too how much us Brits waste and just don’t end up wearing which is a shocking statistic off ‘70%’ which they then carried on to state ‘that leaves us with a total of 1.7Billion unused items’. Think how much of these clothes could be donated to charity’s or homeless shelters…

What makes a garment sustainable –

The clothing has to be made of environmentally – friendly fabrics such as fibre crops, or recycled materials. These factors will normally be stated on the tags of the clothing you are buying. Some sustainable brands stated on the website ‘the good trade’ https://www.thegoodtrade.com/ are; ‘Patagonia’, ‘Pact’, ‘Kotn’, and ‘Quince’. I also found a ‘WordPress‘ website https://ecogreenlove.com/2021/05/11/sustainable-shopping/ that evaluates the benefits of shopping sustainably.

My opinion…

I think that fast fashion is a highly underrated social issue and many people my age tend to ignore it. A clear example of our generation ignoring this is the fact that the fast fashion brand ‘Shien’ still have over 20 million followers on Instagram and after googling I got the answer of the main purchasers from the brand are our generation also known as ”Gen Z”. So trying to not be a hypocrite I try to wear as much second hand clothing as possible and so shop at charity shops, ‘depop’ or carboot sales. For me that’s not only exciting but you know you doing a good thing. However this isn’t always as easy as it sounds – you may go to every charity shop in your local town and still not find a perfect pair of jeans that fit you, or are in the right colour so the last resort may be to quickly pop in to your local high street store.

VOX pop planning

Will I film –

I don’t think I will film the people I ask questions too however I think I may record what they say on voice notes on my phone as it will be clear to understand but its less over the top then putting a camera in someones face. However if they don’t want their voice to be recorded then I will have to write notes.

Questions I may ask –

‘What’s your views on fast fashion become a more recent issue’

Who I may ask –

I could ask a few people in the class and then people out in Exeter who have varied ages of young adults to the elderly to get a vast collection of views.

Vox pop results

Voice of the people n0.1

Name – Kerry

Age – 50

Occupation – Freelancer on social media

‘It’s really bad for the environment, I think its a really negative thing’

Voice of the people n0.2

Name – Lauren

Age – 18

Occupation- works for a business

‘lower classes can’t indulge in trends unless they use fast fashion’

Voice of the people n0.3

Name – Jen

Age – 72

Occupation – Retired

‘I think its disgusting’

Voice of the people n0.4

Name – Megan

Age – 16

Occupation – Waitress

‘Little kids have to work more than the 9 -5’

Voice of the people n0.5

Name – Zakia

Age – 16

Occupation – housekeeper

‘I really don’t shop fast fashion trends’

Voice of the people n0.6

Name – Melody

Age – 16

Occupation – Pub worker

‘Stick to substantial clothing brands’

Voice of the people n0.7

Name – Kirsty

Age – 27

Occupation – Works with teenagers

‘I should defiantly look more into it’

‘Conversations with friends is when I learn most about it’

‘I try and buy ethically’

‘I buy when I it’s come from the right place’

Voice of the people n0.8

Name – Ben

Age – 30

Occupation – Shop worker

‘Clothes aren’t made the same anymore’

‘It’s their and I don’t think it’s going anywhere’

‘I don’t think companies are forced enough to be eithical’

‘It’s really sad when you see influencer’s supporting fast fashion’

My feature article

‘Retire fast fashion attire’ – that is my heading as I can’t get that at the top of the word page.

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