You know that nursery rhyme London Bridge is Falling Down? London is truly falling, ecologically that is. As a result of the industrial revolution, the fashion industry is booming. However, the pollution in London is at an all-time high and the health of children has deteriorated significantly.
Children are exposed to harsh chemicals and pollution in the air daily because apparel companies fail to create sustainable clothing. People have proposed to make cities more walkable as a solution for childhood illnesses and obesity. In "The Walkable City" Jeff Davenhall states, making cities more "walkable" will lower the weight of its citizens. However, the idea proposed is completely unrealistic because healthy habits have to be taught at home and the fashion industry needs to stop cutting corners on sustainability.
Some may argue that the fashion industry is more sustainable than it has ever been. For example, designer Susan Lee can create clothing by growing bacteria in a petri dish. Though this is true, big strides that a few designers are making to be more ecologically sustainable is masked by the thousands of designers who choose not to.
Therefore, the presence of pollution increase in London has to be an issue dealt with nationally and addressed by the government. The fashion industry needs more ethics. Period. Designers should have their work protected under law and also big companies need to be held accountable for their crimes against planet earth. When it comes to fashion, ethics always seems to be thrown out the window. From underpaid workers to environmental destruction.
Ultimately, London’s government should dictate what is considered legal within the fashion industry. London has a section of government for health and environmental ethics but why has no one ever thought of how much the fashion industry impacts both of them? Until that question is answered, there will be no progress.
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