Globalisation takes an affect on the fashion industry, the clothes we wear, the people who make them, the impact on our world. Understanding the cultural impact and consumption patterns is important for global retailers, when these aspects are taken into consideration, global consumers are active and retailers are making money, but as the price of clothing decreases, as it has done for decades, the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically, so who really pays the price for our clothing?
We are increasingly disconnected from the people who make our clothing as 97% of items are now made overseas. In the world today there are about 40 million garment workers, and a countless number do not share the same rights or protections that many people in the West do. They are some of the lowest paid workers in the world, roughly 85% of all garment workers are women. The human factor of the garment industry can not be ignored, we consistently see the exploration of cheap labour and the violation of workers’, women’s, and human rights in so many developing countries across the globe.
The fashion industry is one of the biggest connection points for millions of people across the world, from agriculture and manufacturing to retail. It has been one of the leading industries to capitalise on the new globalised world of the 21st century. Today we have some of the highest levels of inequality and environmental destruction the world has ever seen. We need to find a way to continue in our globalised world that also values the people and the planet, these are essential to this growth.
The world consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is 400% more than the amount we consumed just two decades ago. As new clothing comes into our lives, we also discard it at such a fast pace. Historically, clothing has been something we have held onto for a long time, but with cheap clothing now immensely available we are beginning to see the things we wear as disposable.
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