TRAID is a charity clothing store that funds projects related to sustainable and fair trade textiles. This week they hosted a talk at Kings Cross Hub, with Tansy Hoskins - Guardian journalist and author of 'Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion', discussing ethics within the industry.
She argued that behind the scenes, things aren't as pretty as they seem. In a billion dollar industry, where 90% of garments are produced overseas, there's also cheap labour, exploitation and a waste of natural resources.
According to research, it would cost $3bn to reform the garment industry in Bangladesh. A price that the industry can well afford, if they wanted. 85% of these garment workers are women, while 60% of Bangladesh's garment industry exports to Europe.
Later in the night, TRAID set up a #secondhandfirst challenge, where many attendants pledged to source most of their wardrobe from second hand or vintage places, in order to shop more sustainably. Tansy herself pledged to source 83% of her wardrobe second hand.