The harsh reality of fast fashion

An article written by Stirling Smith begins with the question as to where his yoga pants came from. Throughout the article, Smith discusses the reality of modern slavery in the supply chain when products are produced in high risk countries, in this case, Bangladesh. Factory workers in Bangladesh earn well under the living wage, leaving them susceptible to substandard living conditions.

For long term change, Smith suggests sustained internal and external pressure on the Bangladesh government and the industry to push up the minimum wage, to let workers organise freely, and to provide cheap, safe and effective public services. In the short term, brands could set up no profit/no loss stores on factory premises to provide workers with basic commodities at reasonable prices, investigate the options for social housing for garment workers or provide employees with safe transport.

Sonja Duncan