Words by Matthew Benjamin and James Siggers, Founders of Benjamin Siggers

 

With the volume of noise being recently made around fast fashion's jaw-dropping impact on the environment, many people are still shocked to learn that the fashion industry is the second largest polluter on earth - only after oil. We know that with the rise of fast fashion, the disposable nature of consumers has a direct impact on how quickly brands turn around new products in order to keep up with demand. However, with the desire to keep costs low in search of higher profit, these brands put pressure on manufacturers who then seek out shortcuts to reduce processes, resulting in longer working hours for employees, even lower wages and unsafe working conditions, which in turn creates a negative social and environmental impact on our planet.

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