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Ethics in Fashion

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, talks about what’s changed in the garment industry since the devastating fire in Bangladesh earlier this year, and, just in time for NY fashion week, look at the growth of eco-friendly, worker-friendly fashion trends.

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Elizabeth Cline

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Comments [10]

Amy from Manhattan

I should've mentioned, Sustainable NYC (& I hope similar stores) also checks into the working conditions of the people who make the clothes & other products they sell.

Sep. 04 2013 12:44 PM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

On the environmentally conscious side of the fashion industry, it's slowly changing:

"Fashion Houses: Communicating Sustainability Efforts to Fashionistas"
http://acleanfutureblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/a-need-for-fashion-houses-to-communicate-sustainability-efforts-to-their-fashionistas/

Recently announced partnership between the Water Footprint Network and C&A, a fashion company, in which they seek to “improve water sustainability of [the] textile supply chain.”

Announcement: http://www.waterfootprint.org/downloads/Press-Release-CA-WFN-Partnership.pdf

Reports:

C&A's Water Footprint Strategy: Cotton Clothing Supply Chain: http://www.waterfootprint.org/Reports/CA_Strategy_Final_Report_Formatted%2006.08.2013.pdf

Grey Water Footprint Indicator of Water Pollution in the Production of Organic vs. Conventional Cotton in India: http://www.waterfootprint.org/Reports/Grey%20WF%20Phase%20II%20Final%20Report_Formatted%2006.08.2013.pdf

Sep. 04 2013 12:42 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

The guest's comments just goes to show how easily even well-meaning individuals can be manipulated into a sense of self-satisfaction, but in reality are helping to perpetuate the worst abuses of people and the environment, because their lifestyles come first.

It is painful to dig deeper and discover the REAL truth.... and most are unwilling to sacrifice their lifestyles and comfort.

Sep. 04 2013 12:40 PM
Amy from Manhattan

There are also clothes made from reused fabrics & recycled plastics (like bottles), & of course organic cotton (unfortunately, that last one is expensive). Some stores, like Sustainable NYC (9th St. & Av. A), specialize in carrying eco-friendly clothes & other products.

Sep. 04 2013 12:40 PM
Al

and I invented the internet

Sep. 04 2013 12:35 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Chicago Listener - "You have these women with children to feed, all competing against each other..."

You write as if all "these women" procreated on their own! Why not start with the men impregnating them? Or better yet, do wee bit of research and understand whether there are religious (and politico-religious) reasons birth control isn't engaged.

Sheesh.

Sep. 04 2013 12:32 PM
Jenny from Brooklyn from Brooklyn

I just want to thank Elizabeth Kline; since hearing her initial segment after the Rana Plaza collapse I've completely changed my consumption habits. I no longer shop at Joe Fresh, H + M, Zara, etc and have done extensive research into what companies use fair labor standards. If it's unclear from a company's website, I write to them and ask them for an explication of their labor policy. I now want transparency in the supply chain and am grateful to be awakened to a huge injustice that I had been largely oblivious to. Now when I see the shiny and colorful display racks at Joe Fresh, I can only think of the conditions that the workers were subjected to.

Sep. 04 2013 12:30 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

The caller who claims to have started the anti-fast fashion movement 30 years prior? Hahahahahahah! And I invented the reusable cloth shopping bag!

Sep. 04 2013 12:29 PM
Chicago listener

Here's a tough proposition.

Are birth rates too high in places like Bangladesh?

You have these women with children to feed, all competing against each other...the factory owners hold all the cards.

Should birth control be more widespread?

Sep. 04 2013 12:13 PM
JT from Manhattan

Would like to hear your guest also speak about the treatment of animals by the fashion industry, if she's knowledgeable in this area.

Thank you.

Sep. 04 2013 12:09 PM

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