We all love those fresh new finds that revive our tired wardrobe, or catch the eye of a love interest. Many people have outfits they consider sexy, or lucky, that may help them get their dream job or land that second date. Some people shop out of boredom, and have a constant collection of shopping bags sitting in the backs of their cars. What we don't always know, is the type of companies we are supporting. Which brands have crazy policies, or are run by devilish characters? What is the true impact of that $9.99 fabulous find you bragged to your friends about? Here we will examine five popular brands that do not have the cleanest hands.
5 Abercrombie & Fitch
2 Karl Lagerfeld
H&M is a leader in a popular fashion outlook called fast-fashion, or kleenex-fashion, where clothes are meant to be worn while they are on trend, and then discarded for new clothes. This endless process of buying cheap designer knock-offs as they become trendy is taxing on the environment and on designers. The water and resources required to make each garment are astounding, especially since these garments are not made to last. Brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Calvin Klein, and yes, H&M were put under the microscope by Greenpeace in 2011, by their report entitled “Dirty Laundry”. H&M utilizes the Youngor Textile Group's factories for some of their clothing production. These factories have been releasing chemicals into waterways by the Pearl and Yangtze River deltas. Among the chemicals in the waste water from Youngor Textile Complex factories were PFC's, Alkyl phenols, and hormone disruptors. The company denied using wet processing at those factories, but are known employers of Youngor. H&M tried to improve the public's opinion of them by introducing sustainable marketing campaigns, only these were not as helpful to the environment an world as they had promised. H&M introduced a garment collecting program in 1,500 stores where they would provide a discount voucher to customers who brought in clothing donations. The clothes donated went to a fibre recycling program, but not to charity. Fibre will be re-used to decrease the competition for new fibres, so yet more H&M clothes can be produced for less. H&M has been accused of producing clothes that appear identical to runway looks of several fashion houses including Balenciaga and Kenzo, as well as the works of independent designers. H&M does not deny the similarity of their designs, but instead claims that they are doing the world a favor, by making fashion accessible to those in lower earning demographics. The price of looking like a superstar may be under fifty dollars from H&M, but the toll on the environment and designers who will not be credited for that design is worth much more.
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