Every day, men and women around the world work extremely hard and some in very poor health conditions just to support their families. 3rd World and underdeveloped countries have seen an influx in almost a “modern day slavery” where people work extreme hours in horrible conditions for very little pay. Just because it’s in a country that’s currency is weaker than the mighty pound, euro, or dollar, doesn’t make it right.
What is modern-day slavery?
Modern-day slavery happens in many ways and in many industries. The fashion industry no stranger to modern-day slavery and is in fact, one of the largest supporters of this trade. People are lured in a promise to support them and their families. Even young children cannot escape horror of it all as a mix of child labour and slavery continues to thrive in certain countries.
Fast fashion is common everywhere, while the workers in this trade may only be concentrated in certain countries in the world, it doesn’t mean that other countries are innocent. In fact, many times these garments made are shipped off to 1st world countries where some will be sold in high-end clothing stores at a high price. A report by the Global Slavery Index says that there is an estimated 40,300,000 million men, women and children in the world who are victims of modern slavery. A large percentage of that number includes slaves in the fashion industry amongst other.
How to combat modern-day slavery
The numbers show that there are still many people suffering throughout the world and the fight to end modern slavery may be a long and grueling one. However, one of the effective ways to put a stop to this is by supporting sustainable fashion. Sustainable fashion not only seeks for the production of quality garments, but also, the quality of work conditions for the workers or labourers involved. Hence, a proper living salary across every section of the supply chain is one way that manufacturers are trying to combat this problem.
The Walk Free Foundation is one of the foundations working hard towards eliminating of modern-day slavery around the world in all sectors. Tackling human rights is a crucial part of what they do and it isn’t an easy task.
What is sustainable fashion?
Sustainable fashion focuses on decreasing its negative influence on the environment and thus aims to use and re-use or (upcycle) materials. Sustainable materials used include but are not limited to: