5 astounding fashion facts that will cause you to think before buying that next purchase on a whim. We look at Garment workers wages, how often we wear our clothes, serious shopping addictions and the recent study that women who wear less clothes live up to 20 years longer, which features a 120 year old women who has been naked most of her life.
5 Fashion Facts To Consider Before Your Next Purchase
It's easy to forget, (or simply be uninformed) about the realities of the global fashion and retail world when you drop by a shiny downtown store on a rainy day to pass some time, but these 5 facts will hopefully make you think twice when on your next shopping trip.
FACT 1 - "The ILO Estimates That 170 Million Are Engaged In Child Labour"
A shocking statistic and many of these children are forced to work due to poverty, making textiles and garments to satisfy the demand of consumers in Europe, the US, and beyond. The ILO also states that nearly 21,000,000 people are involved in forced or slave labor across the world (that's nearly 3 of every 1000 people on the planet), in which they were forced or coerced into and cannot find a way to leave.Source - https://labs.theguardian.com/unicef-child-labour/
Source - http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/forced-labour/policy-areas/statistics/lang--en/index.htm
FACT 2 - "It Would Only Cost About $1.50 To Double Wages Of Workers Making T-shirts Which Retail For $27"
Last year, Fastcompany.com reported on a recent study released by the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, which found this amazing fact regarding the fashion industry after its research was published on GlobalFashionAgenda.com. The report reveals some heartbreaking statistics, including the revelation that as much as 87% non-compliance with the minimum wage for garment workers in Pakistan. It also found that a shocking third of the total population in employment is involved in manufacturing in the key Asian countries.
FACT 3 - "1,800 Gallons Of Water Used To Make One Pair Of Jeans"
And with Federal plumbing standards now specifying that new toilets can only use up to 1.6 gallons per flush, this means you could flush your toilet for 3 years to use as much water as it takes to make a pair of jeans.Source - https://www.conserveh2o.org/toilet-water-use
Source - https://wateruseitwisely.com/it-takes-1800-gallons-of-water-to-make-one-pair-of-jeans/
FACT 4 - "People Regularly Wear Just 20% of Their Wardrobe"
In amazing fact comes from a groundbreaking article written in 2013 by Ray A. Smith, fashion Journalist from the Wall Street Journal. He looked at the epidemic in shopping addiction, featuring a man who spent $587,412.97 dollars in two years on what he termed his "Gucci Addiction"
FACT 5 - "10-year Study Finds Women Who Wear Less Clothing Live Up To 20 Years Longer"
A ground-breaking study conducted by Sir Edwin Burkhart of the Royal Journal of Social Anthropology was conducted over 10 years in which he spoke to more than 5,000 women around the globe. The star of the show was Philomena Bushfield who was at the time of the article's release in 2011 an admirable 120 years of age. Oh, and she had 3 boyfriends then too.
Author - Will Manders, Zoonibo Fashion
Published Date - 04/08/2018 11:24 am / (updated 04/26/2018)