Sunday, June 29, 2008

shopoholism runs rampant

We're buying more clothes than ever before, and prices are falling. Each year, Australian women buy, on average, 56 garments, while the average bloke buys 29. If you're under 30, you'd typically buy double that number, according to the Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia. ...

Even when times are hard, we buy clothes. ...

The human cost is enormous. ... Sweatshop workers in many Asian countries endure long hours, poor working conditions and low wages, sometimes as little as 18 cents an hour.

... Fast fashion leaves a damaging footprint in each step of its increasingly short life - from the pesticides used on the cotton fields, to the carbon emissions and toxic chemicals created during production, to the 1.88 million tonnes of unwanted clothing sent to landfill each year - and that's just in Britain.

... Elsie says, "I just look for cheap stuff because, as soon as you buy one thing that's supposed to be the latest thing, a new thing comes out that you have to go and buy".
Not to mention the moral impact of idolatrous vanity, or the selfishness of spending hundreds of dollars on clothes when billions are starving, or haven't heard the gospel. Oh, dear.

Quote is from M magazine in The Sunday Age.


UltraViolet said...

Do you think the op-shops are florishing too? I buy many of my clothes at op-shops (especially when visiting Melbourne!) and the range and number of stores are increasing rapidly.

It does show what a wasteful society we are however, those who cannot afford it can be clothed, and a lot of the stores are for charity organisations, so perhaps it is going toward spreading the gospel?

Jean said...

Perhaps, althought the article was more about people buying all the excess clothes at DFO and places like that.

I love op-shops too, when I have time to browse! I'm not aware of the money going to evangelism, but it does go to other worthy causes.

Although it's interesting how many op-shops (not the charity ones, I assume) are re-inventing themselves as "vintage" stores and charging $200 instead of $5.