Imagine working hard everyday and not being able to feed for your family. Now, imagine being killed protesting for a fair wage. Khatun, a mother of two, was pronounced dead and several others were injured during the protest in Bangladesh, where textile workers were demanding fair wage. Approximately 5,000 workers who were responsible for sewing clothes for Zara, H&M, and other fast-fashion brands went on strike for an increase in wages.
In the garment sector, which is a significant part of Bangladesh's economy, workers often face challenges such as long working hours and limited job security. One of the most prominent issues is the low wages paid to garment workers. It is impossible to live on low wages, especially in large Bangladeshi cities such as Dhaka, where most of the garment factories are located.
Many workers in Bangladesh's fast fashion industry earn minimal wages, often below a living wage, which makes it difficult for them to meet their basic needs.
The question is how as consumers we can make a difference in the world. Ultimately, achieving fair wages, promoting sustainable practices, and improving working conditions in the fast fashion industry require collaboration among various stakeholders, including governments, manufacturers, brands, and consumers.
As consumers we can make a difference by supporting sustainable brands, rather than spending on fast fashion. Fast fashion refers to the rapid production of inexpensive, trendy clothing that is quickly produced to respond to the latest fashion trends. Fast fashion not only has consequences for humans, it also has consequences for the environment.
If change is possible, why aren’t we doing more to change our world?
The reality is that most of us are waiting for somebody else to do something about the problems we see. We want change, but we hope that someone, somewhere will do something to bring it about.
While it's true that systemic change often requires collective efforts and changes at the institutional level, individual actions can act as catalysts and contribute to a culture that demands and supports positive change.
Be an advocate for change. Support policies and initiatives that promote sustainability and ethical practices in the fashion industry. Be an advocate for fair wages, safe working conditions, and environmental responsibility.
By adopting more sustainable practices, consumers can play a crucial role in encouraging the fashion industry to adopt environmentally and socially responsible practices.
Next time before making a purchase, ask yourself if you really need the item and if you will use it regularly. Avoid impulse buying and focus on building a wardrobe with versatile, timeless pieces.