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Child refugees in Turkey making UK clothes. Syrian refugee children have been making clothes for British shoppers, an undercover BBC investigation has found.

Child refugees in Turkey making UK clothes

Panorama investigated factories in Turkey and found children had been working on clothes for Marks and Spencer and the online retailer Asos. Refugees were also found working illegally on Zara and Mango jeans. All the brands say they carefully monitor their supply chains and do not tolerate the exploitation of refugees or children. Sustainability. Wages are a very complex issue.

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This is why we seek guidance from wage experts such as global trade unions, the ILO and the Fair Wage Network. They believe our role as a brand and buyer is not to set the level of wages. Rather, wages should be negotiated between the parties on the labour market. We share this view. It would be devastating if foreign companies such as H&M determined wage levels in any countries. Fast Fashion Is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World, Next to Big Oil - EcoWatch. “The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world ... second only to oil,” the recipient of an environmental award told a stunned Manhattan audience earlier this year.

Fast Fashion Is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World, Next to Big Oil - EcoWatch

“It’s a really nasty business ... it’s a mess.” Since 2011, the Greenpeace Detox campaign has challenged some of the world's most popular clothing brands to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals. Photo credit: Jonas Gratzer / Greenpeace While you’d never hear an oil tycoon malign his bonanza in such a way, the woman who stood at the podium, Eileen Fisher, is a clothing industry magnate. FashRev Whitepaper Dec2015 screen. Fast fashion, "value" fashion. Fast fashion, "value" fashion ‘We now buy 40% of all our clothes at value retailers, with just 17% of our clothing budget.’

Fast fashion, "value" fashion

TNS Worldpanel (2006) Fashion Focus issue 29 A Cambridge University study reports that in 2006, people were buying a third more clothes than they were in 2002, and women have four times as many clothes in their wardrobe than they did in 1980. Women are also getting rid of similar amounts each year. Brands began competing against each other for market share by introducing more lines per year at lower costs, culminating in a situation where ‘fashion houses now offer up to 18 collections a year’ and the low cost, so called ‘value end’ is ‘booming; doubling in size in just 5 years. H&M’s new kid’s collection has a cause. The list of species at risk is a long and depressing read: Tigers, snow leopards, pandas, finless porpoises, elephants and polar bears are just a few of the world’s threatened species.

H&M’s new kid’s collection has a cause

But when something is threatened, organizations, companies and individuals mobilize to make change happen. With H&M new kids’ collection, 10 percent of the sales revenue is donated to WWF’s work to conserve species at risk. Fashion sales wilt in September heatwave. Image copyright Getty Images Clothing retailers on the UK's High Streets suffered badly in the face of September's unseasonably hot weather, according to a new report Fashion sales fell in value by 5.9% compared with the same time last year, as shoppers shied away from buying autumn and winter stock.

Fashion sales wilt in September heatwave

Across all sectors high street sales dropped by 2.8% last month. It was the eighth month in a row that the High Street survey, by business consultancy BDO, had shown a decline. Rio 2012: what can the fashion industry do to become more sustainable? Until the late 80s, fashion retailers and brands would typically have two main collections a year: spring/summer and autumn/winter.

Rio 2012: what can the fashion industry do to become more sustainable?

Then, in the 90s things changed dramatically. Increased competition saw retailers incentivising customers to visit their stores more frequently. The Best Ethical Fashion Brands. We've rounded up the best ethically produced and actually stylish brands on the market...

The Best Ethical Fashion Brands

Green is the new black, people. Producing ethical fashion is becoming more of a priority for brands across the board from luxury, to high street. Sustainability. Forbes Welcome. How can the fashion industry become more sustainable? The Centre for Sustainable Fashion provokes, challenges and questions the fashion status quo. Through collaboration we design transforming solutions that.