In the year, global clothes production with cancelled events has declined by 3 per cent forcing retail fashion stores to cancel their manufacturers’ orders. Ayesha Barenblat, founder of Remake, a nonprofit organization which promotes the rights of manufacturers in fashion, says that over 40 billion dollars of goods were dumped into landfills. Bangladesh fashion sweater manufacturers got orders last June 40% less than last year.
This affects those who have been making these garments for hours because they are left unpayed. In developing countries, most of these workers are living, there are not many work paths. Those large firms make the mistake of relying on cheap fast fashion, but the clothing worker pays the price.
Not only this but, according to Ethical Mode Activist Clare Press, owner of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast, human rights in many of these factories are not upheld by working conditions. This issue has hit women of color the hardest. But the resounding problem of these major corporations has finally reached the ears. In March this year, a petition from Remake Lead for fashion companies to pay their workers collected over 200 000 signatures. 18 global brands, such as Zara and H&M, have joined the movement. The efforts are now being made to resume local production, as the regulation in Australia provides for fair wages and fair treatment for workers. Maybe this frontier could be a possibility now that these companies act.