The impact of fast fashion

By examining the ethical concerns of fast fashion by those hoping to change consumer behaviors

The power of the fashion and beauty industries is vast, both negatively and positively. We speak to Vetta founder and CEO and MassArt professor Jennifer Varekamp.



A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH. SOUTHERN BOSTON DESIGNER SAYS WE CAN DO MORE WITH LESS. ERIKA: THE POWER OF FASHION AND BEAUTY IS UNDENISABLE. A PERSON’S STATIC CAN TRANSMIT IDENTITY, CULTURE AND VALUES AND THE ETH POWER OF INDUSTRIES IS VAST WITH BOTH POSITIVE AND NETIGAVE CONSEQUENCES. RAKA BARTLETT IS DEEP AWARE OF IMPACTS, A MANUFACTURER FROM A YOUNG AGE. >> I HAVE ALWAYS CREATED MY CSELO FROM A TIME WHEN I WAS AS IN THE FOURTH ELECTION. ERA: IK THE FOUNDER ANDEO C OF A SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING COMPANY STARTED IN THE SOUTH – SOUTH OF BTON WAS TRAINED ON THE ETHICAL CONCERNS RELATED TO THE CREATION OF CLOTHING, WHO MAKES IT AND HOW IT’S MADE. >> THE FABRIC STARTS AS A FIBER, ST ONEEP IS THOSE RESOURCES USE AND IF THEY ARE RENEWABLE. THEN SEE HOW THE FIBER TRANSFORMS INTO YARN. SUMMER REQUIRES MANY CHEMICALS, AND THEN LOOK AT THE FABRIC ITSELF, IT REQUIRES DRY CLEANING, LASTS A LITTLE TIME, AS IT IS BIODEGRADABLE. WE MUST EXAMINE EVERY SINGLE OF THESE ELEMENTS EVERY TIME WE DESIGN A GAENRMT. WE HAVE NEW CHAMPIONS IN. ERIKA: SHE DOES EVERYTHING TO MAKE SURE THE HANDS THAT CREATE EACH GARMENT ARE IN GOOD HANDS. >> INITIALLY WE WAS ONLY PRODUCING IN THE UNITED STATES AND I WANT TO BE ABLE TO ENTER A FACTORY AT ANY TIME AND SEE HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED. ERA: IK WITH SOME DETAILS MADE ABROAD, SHE DOES HIS RESEARCH. >> FOR THOSE I HAVE ALSO EXIT AND VISITED IN PERSIAN IN PERSON BUT WE REQUEST THAT OUR FACTORIES BE VERIFIED. ERIKA: IT WAS A MASS TGEDYRA IN BANGLADESH THAT SYNTHESIZED THE DEMANDS FOR CHANGE IN THE WORLD OF FASHION, THE 20 C13OLLAPSE OF A BUILDING OF A CLOTHING FACTORY. >> IT WAS A GALVANIZGIN MOMENT WITHIN INKGIN ABOUT ISSS OFUE WORKERS AND THEIR SAFETY, AND IN WORKING IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN. ERIKA: MORE THAN 1100 REWE PEOPLE KILLED, DESPITE EVIDENT SIGNS OF STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS AND COMPLAINTS ABOUT CONSTRUCTION WORKERS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO COMPLY WITH THE ROUTINE. A PROFESSOR AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL RESOURCES- – GLOBAL BUSINESS ETHICS RESEARCH. >> IRES PRESSURE TO EXECUTE ORDERS. IT IS DIFFICULT IN TERMS OF INTEREST OF PEOPLE, BECAUSE EVEN IF PEOPLE RELEASE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THE BUILDING, PEOPLE STILL WANT TO WORK. >> ONE PERSON IN SIX IN THIS PLANET WORKS IN A WAY RELATED TO INDUSTRY. WITH THE Y AOURE FASHION THAT PUTS IT ON YOUR BODY, BUT IT IS CONNECTED TO SO MANY OTHER BODIES THAT IT IS. ERA: IK JENNIFER IS PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF FASHION AT MA SS ARCH. THE RISE OF FAST FASHION, CHEAP AND DISPOSABLE CLOTHING HAS BEEN DEEPLY HARMFUL IN MANY WAYS. COSTS HAVE BEEN REDUCED. >> GO TO THE FABRIC STORE AND A FABRIC HAMMER IS MORE THAN YOUR T-SHIRT, HOW CAN IT BE? ERIKA: POLLUTION AND WASTE HAVE INCREASED. THE AVERAGE CONSUMER BUY 60% MORE CLOTHING THAN 15 YEARS AGO, BUT EVERY ITEM IS ONLY FOR HALF THE TIME. EVERY SECOND A TEXTILEISS VALUE WASTE TRUCK LIVES OR BURNED. >> WE WERE HANGING NEIGHBOR AND THEY MUST – THIS WAS MORE VALUE IN CRAFTS AND WE WOULD NOT THINK OF THROWING IT AWAY. ERIKA: HAS BEEN TEACHING A COURSE ON SUSTAINAEBL FASHION FOR ALMOST A DECADE. >> THEN, ALL MY DENIM IS USED. MORALLY WE NDEEO TAKE A STEP IN THE ANTI-CONSUMPTION DIRECTION. WE NEED TO LOOK AT EVERY ITEM AND SAY IT WAS A PHOTO ON INSTAGRAM SO I CAN’T WEAR IT AGAIN, SEE HOW SOMETHING LIKE BEING HUMAN, I BUY WITH THE MONEY I EARNED AND I SHOULD WEAR IT AND SHOW IT TO THE WORLD. ERIKA: NOT ONLY SUSTAINABILITY AND – ETHICAL MANUFACTURING ALSO HAS CONSUMPTION. HIS COLLECTIONS ARE BASED ON FIVE ARTICLE CAPSULES THAT CAN CREATE 30 OUTFITS. >> MOST WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES LYON WEAR ON AVERAGE ABOUT 20% OF THEIR WARDROBE. IKA: ER RESPONSIBLE FASHION CAN STILL BE FUN. ON THE VETTA SITE, THERE IS A QUIZ TO SHOW HOW IT FITS YOUR STYLE. I LOVE THIS, THE PANTS ARE CUTE AND SOFT AND THIS LETTER IS SO EASY. THIS C BE WORN IN A TOTALLY DIFFERENT WAY. >> THIS ENTIRE PART OF THE TOURNAMENT – – TURTLENECK ON THE BUTTONS AND HAS THE ZIPPERS THAT ARE OPEN AND I HAVE LEARNED THAT THIS IS A FRENCH TUCK. ERIKA: THIS IS BASICALLY WHAT YOU WEAR WITHOUT SLEEVES. IT SEEMS TOTALLY DIFFERENT. >> WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS TO HELP WOMEN CREATE A MORE THOUGHTFUL WARDROBE IN TMSER, MORE CAREFUL AND EVEN THOUGHT IN TERMS OF KNOWLEDGE WHERE IT COMES FROM, AND THAT HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON PEOPLE AND THE PLANET. ANTHONY: WAS INSPIRED TO START HER COMPANY AERFT BY LOOKING AT A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT SWEATSHOPS AND THEN PASSING THROUGH HER CLOTHES. SHAY: NA HAS ALSO FOUND IT MANY OF THE BRANDS HAVE HAD INFRINGEMENTS. SAYS TO CONSIDER USING FABRICS LIKE TENSEL OR ORGANIC COTTON. CONVENTIONAL COOKING HAS OR INVOLVES THE USE OF MANY PESTICIDES. MUCH OF THIS MOVIE WAS AROUND BEFORE THE PANDEMIC, SO YOU MAY NOT SEE MANY PEOPLE IN MASKS OR OFFICES, OR FACTORIES. ANTH

By examining the ethical concerns of fast fashion by those hoping to change consumer behaviors

The power of the fashion and beauty industries is vast, both negatively and positively. We speak to Vetta founder and CEO and MassArt professor Jennifer Varekamp.

Vetta is a sustainable clothing company born in South Boston. Founder Cara Bartlett educated herself on the ethical concerns surrounding the creation of clothing, addressing questions about who makes it and how it’s made. He runs the company with this in mind. MassArt Professor Jennifer Varekamp teaches in the fashion department. She is also co-founder of the Sustainable Fashion Collaborative.

Vetta is a sustainable clothing company born in South Boston. Founder Cara Bartlett trained on ethical concerns surrounding clothing creation, addressing questions about who makes it and how it’s made. He runs the company with this in mind.

MassArt Professor Jennifer Varekamp teaches in the fashion department. She is also co-founder of the Sustainable Fashion Collaborative.

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