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The true price of fashion

The impact of the fashion industry goes much further than the environment

THE environmental impact of fashion is plain to see. The industry emits 10 per cent of total annual global emissions, equivalent to the amount produced by the European Union. Textile production generates more greenhouse gas emissions than shipping and aviation combined, and the sector is the second largest user of the world's water. But the impact on social and human rights issues is less well-known, making it easily ignored.

Modern slavery is a real risk, and fashion is the sector with the second highest risk of being exposed to it. Most production is outsourced to developing countries, where 80 per cent of garment workers are women aged 18-35. Extremely low wages, dangerous working conditions...

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