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  • The human cost of fast fashion is often unseen
  • The human cost of fast fashion is often unseen
    Everlane (2013) ©

Can fast fashion be fair trade?

The collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013 exposed the painful human cost of fast fashion, compelling many retailers to change factory policies. Some entrepreneurs have seen a gap in the market for feel-good garb, but does ethical clothing represent as large an opportunity as some in the industry claim?

Location United Kingdom

It’s a sad fact that most safety legislation only comes about after major disasters. The collapse of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza complex in April 2013 was no different in its impact on the global fashion industry. Over 1,100 garment workers were killed and around 2,500 were injured when the building collapsed. If such a dark cloud can have a silver lining, it’s the number of high street clothes shops who have since signed agreements to improve factory safety, labour laws and pay levels. [1][2][3] At the same time, entrepreneurs have seen a gap in ...



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