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Fast Fashion Is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World, Next to Big Oil. By Glynis Sweeny “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. “It's a really nasty business ... it's a mess. " 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.

On a warm spring night at a Chelsea Piers ballroom on the Hudson River, Fisher was honored by Riverkeeper for her commitment to environmental causes. She was self-deprecating and even apologetic when speaking about the ecological impact of clothing, including garments tagged with her own name. When we think of pollution, we envision coal power plants, strip-mined mountaintops and raw sewage piped into our waterways. While cotton, especially organic cotton, might seem like a smart choice, it can still take more than 5,000 gallons of water to manufacture just a T-shirt and a pair of jeans.

FastFashionSustainability. ASOS's showing models in wheelchairs means the world to disabled fashionistas. As long as I can remember I’ve always had people stare at me.

ASOS's showing models in wheelchairs means the world to disabled fashionistas

I was born with a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta which means that my bones break easily and I am a full time wheelchair user. I vividly remember shopping with my sister and mother — I must have been 16-years-old — and the stares and side glances just got the better of me and I burst into tears. Trying to console me my sister knelt down next to me and said, ‘has it ever occurred to you that people may be staring because you are an amazing dresser and you look great?’ It was true, I loved fashion and I had an innate sense of style. Should We Thrift? (Implications of Thrift Shopping) Fast Fashion Explained In Under 5 Minutes. The Problem With Fast Fashion. The reality of not buying fast fashion. The true cost of fast fashion. The True Cost. Sustainable Fashion Haul and Brands to Know. 12 Sustainable Brands You Should Know.

Reformation's Yael Aflalo: 'Sustainability is about people, profits and environment' – Glossy. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play | Anchor A lot has changed for Reformation since its 2009 Los Angeles launch, but one thing that has remained constant is founder Yael Aflalo’s dedication to sustainability.

Reformation's Yael Aflalo: 'Sustainability is about people, profits and environment' – Glossy

Fashion’s copycat problem: why brands like Zara get away with rip-offs. Impact of dyes - Trusted Clothes. Dyes and their effects on your health - Trusted Clothes. Spring is finally here, and for many of us, this means packing away our drab, dark, winter clothing and bringing out our brightly coloured summer clothes.

Dyes and their effects on your health - Trusted Clothes

As the seasons change, so do colour trends. Last season, Pantone released its Fashion Color Report for Spring 2016 (a part of its semi-annual colour report curated by a team of colour experts). The ten colours that they anticipate will be present in the collections of many designers, are a mix of new and old hues; for big brands, this will mean a variety of new shades coming to the market. Unfortunately, due to the wider colour range of synthetic dyes (as opposed to natural dyes), this means a significant increase in the use of toxic chemicals in the production of dyes.

History of child labor in the United States—part 1: little children working : Monthly Labor Review: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There was a time in this country when young children routinely worked legally.

History of child labor in the United States—part 1: little children working : Monthly Labor Review: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

As industry grew in the period following the Civil War, children, often as young as 10 years old but sometimes much younger, labored. They worked not only in industrial settings but also in retail stores, on the streets, on farms, and in home-based industries. This article discusses the use of child labor in the United States, concentrating on the period after the Civil War through the rise of the child labor reform movement. The golf links lie so near the millThat almost every dayThe laboring children can look outAnd see the men at play.1—Sarah N. Cleghorn The September 1906 edition of Cosmopolitan magazine recounts a story once told of an old Native American chieftain. Lawyernc. Workers held captive in Indian mills supplying Hugo Boss.

Luxury fashion retailer Hugo Boss said it has found cases of forced labour, a form of modern slavery, in its supply chain.

Workers held captive in Indian mills supplying Hugo Boss

Young female workers have been held captive behind the walls of garment factories in southern India and prevented from leaving the premises at any time. The Facts: Nitrogen Fertilizer. Nitrogen (N) is one of the most widely distributed elements in nature, since it’s the most abundant gas in the atmosphere.

The Facts: Nitrogen Fertilizer

While N isn’t found in mineral forms like phosphorus (P) or potassium (K), it’s largely present in organic compounds. Soil-based N undergoes many complex biological transformations that make it challenging to manage. Many metabolic processes in plants and animals rely on nitrogen.Perhaps the best-known role of N is in forming amino acids, which make up the building blocks of protein. The human daily protein requirement ranges between 40 and 70 grams, depending on gender, age and size. The price of fast fashion. The fashion industry has changed rapidly in recent years with the increased prevalence of fast fashion, impacting the environment.

The price of fast fashion

Efforts to green this polluting industry require action from businesses and consumers. Credit: Age Fotostock/Alamy Stock Photo When individuals are considering how to minimize their carbon footprint, thoughts often turn to air travel with its large emissions, while some small day-to-day changes may be overlooked. The obvious daily changes that can be made include food choices — such as reducing meat and dairy consumption; personal energy use and supplier; and reduced consumerism.

Fast Fashion. Fast fashion is the practice of rapidly translating high fashion design trends into low-priced garments and accessories by mass-market retailers at low costs.

Fast Fashion

There are a number of elements that are key to the fast fashion process, namely: the price of the garments and accessories; the method and timeline of manufacturing; the trend-based nature and disposability of the clothes themselves. Origins The fast fashion model has developed from a product-driven concept based on a manufacturing model referred to as "quick response," developed in the U.S. in the 1980s. Fast Fashion Is Disgusting (you need to stop shopping at fashion nova, zara, and primark) How fast fashion adds to the world's clothing waste problem (Marketplace) Syrian refugee children found working in Next and H&M factories. Two of Britain’s high street giants have found Syrian refugee children working in their clothing factories in Turkey, leading to calls for other retailers to investigate their own supply chains.

Syrian refugee children found working in Next and H&M factories

- The Washington Post. Am I a fool to expect more than corporate greenwashing? The Italian economist Guido Brera warns we’re all complicit in a great deceit.

Am I a fool to expect more than corporate greenwashing?

Millennials have been robbed of what might have been previously considered their rights, including free education and an affordable place to live; instead they are distracted and satiated (to varying degrees) by fast food, fast tech and fast fashion. This trio comes at a massive ecological and human cost. Aiming to be part of the solution, retailer H&M launches World Recycle Week on 18 April.

It plans to capture 1,000 tons of unwanted clothes during the week. Popstar M.I.A. will launch a video for the brand on environmental impact , and the brand will invite customers to drop off old clothes so H&M can “recycle them and create new textile fibre, and in return you get vouchers to use at H&M. Everything Wrong With H&M. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Fashion (HBO)

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