With climate unrest, extinction rebellion called out for the fashion industry to change its ways. On 13th Friday September, we saw many protesters dressed in white stood at the doors as London Fashion Week opened for another season. The activists dressed were covered in red, to represent The Ugly Truth and death which has been caused by climate change. XR wrote a letter to the British Fashion Council stating the huge environmental impact of the $2.4 trillion industry had been caused by fast fashion brands. They wanted it cancelled to stop more of this negative impact impacting the planet.
“ The textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined, consumes lake-sized volumes of fresh water and creates chemical and plastic pollution. Synthetic fibres are being found in the deep sea, in Arctic sea ice, in fish and shellfish. Our biggest retailers have ‘chased the cheap needle around the planet’, commissioning production in countries with low pay, little trade union representation and weak environmental protection. In many countries, poverty pay and conditions are standard for garment workers, most of whom are women. We are also concerned about the use of child labour, prison labour, forced labour and bonded labour in factories and the garment supply chain. Fast fashions’ overproduction and overconsumption of clothing is based on the globalisation of indifference towards these manual workers. “ - a section of the Fixing fashion sustainability report 2017-2019 highlighting the issue of this industry.
XR staged a funeral at the end of London Fashion Week on 17th Tuesday September. At this point, figures such as Safia Minney founder of People Tree spoke out on how these issues of exploitation workers and material resourced have not been addressed. We need to ensure we can move forward as an affordable industry which puts ethics first before profit.