With sales of more than US $500 billion a year, the fashion industry is one of the most important sectors of the global economy, yet its record is far from pretty. The collapse of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza with 3,500 garment workers inside was a shocking example of what can go wrong when manufacturers ruthlessly cut costs and turn a blind eye to labor rights and workplace safety issues. Author and apparel industry insider Michael Lavergne argues that the true legacy of Rana Plaza is increased awareness of how cheap, disposable clothing had led time and again to serious environmental, community and labour rights abuses.
Do you care where your clothes come from or how they are made? Will price always reign supreme?