Fast Fashion has endangered a race to the bottom, using companies to find ever- cheaper sources of labour.
Child labour is particularly an issue in the fashion industry because much of the supply chain required low skilled labour and employees prefer children for some tasks such as cotton picking, because their small fingers are less likely to damage the crops.
The ILO estimates that 170 Million are engaged in Child labour with many textiles and garments to satisfy the demand of consumers in Europe, the US and beyond.
Fast fashion constitutes as one of the major threats to the planet.
Notable environmental impacts include the industry’s carbon foot print, landfill waste and water pollution caused by chemicals used to grow, dye launder and treat our clothes.
150 Billion Items of Clothing are produced by factories annually, which accounts to 3% of global CO2 emissions, According to The carbon trust.
To make 1 cotton T shirt, 2700 liters of water is required- enough to meet the average persons drinking needs for two and a half years.
After Disposal, non bio degradable fabrics sit in land fills for hundreds of years. In the US alone, we throw away approximately 14 million tonnes of garments each year- thats over 36 kg per person.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), 84% of unwanted clothes in the US in 2012 went into either a landfill or an incinerator
What is Sustainable Fashion
there is no formal definition for sustainable fashion. The ethical fashion initiative describes sustainable and ethical fashion as fashion that maximizes the benefits to the people and minimizes impact o the environment.
Sustainability encompasses social issues such as improvements in working conditions and remuneration to workers, as well as environmental ones.
It is relevant through out the life cycle of the product, from the growing and processing of the raw fiber through manufacturing of garments accessories and foot wear, to the distribution, consumption and disposal.
Runa Ray hopes to halt the environmentally and socially destructive practices of fashion including the negative effects of the industry on children.
Creating fashion as a medium to invoke consciousness and responsibility – that’s Runa Ray!
With inspiring messages in her mind and designing as her forte, Runa Ray over the years has evolved as a methodical concept designer. An Indian born fashion designer, Ray’s collections are a testimony of her effort to infuse art and thought for the betterment of the global community.
Her thought-provoking collections on the runway communicate issues related to environment, society, and politics; strongly enough to create the much needed stir in the minds of the audience.
Ray brilliantly uses her skill to create an element of awe by using techniques like Braille, Origami, and Chlorophyll Printing, to mention a few. She gives a whole new perspective to designer wear by blending style with her unique concepts, choice of fabrics, and use of natural dyes. Ray has also proactively integrated the principle of recycling by processing left over fabrics into paper as an effort to reduce carbon footprint.
With green fashion as her forte, she has exhibited at the United Nations- New York City and showcases at the New York Fashion week as one of the foremost Sustainable designers