Behind a $13 shirt, a $6-an-hour worker (Los Angeles Times)
"The US Department of Labour investigated 77 Los Angeles garment factories from April through July of 2016 and found that workers were paid as little as $4 and an average of $7 an hour for 10-hour days spent sewing clothes for Forever 21, Ross Dress for Less and TJ Maxx."
Here's how the Palm Oil Derivatives in Your Beauty Products Are Impacting the Environment (Vogue)
"Harvesting and processing the spiky bunches of the oil-palm tree’s shiny, tangerine-coloured fruit has been linked to massive greenhouse gas emissions, and labour and human rights abuses on plantations are not uncommon."
Does Fashion Care About Disabled People and the Purple Pound? (The Guardian)
"Britain’s 11.9 million disabled people are acknowledged to have a spending power of £80 billion. Known as the purple pound, it represents the largest untapped consumer market. A recent study has found that 75 percent of disabled customers have left a shop because of poor service or access."
Why Streetwear Brands Need to Make Political Statements (Complex)
"Streetwear has been linked to politics since the 40s, but today, a brand message and social commentary matters more than ever. Fifty-one percent of consumers worldwide believe brands — such as Supreme — are better suited than governments to solve social problems."
LVMH and Kering Join Forces to Ban Underweight and Underage Models (Reuters)
"The two conglomerates have signed a charter for 'the well-being of models' that forbids using girls under the age of 16 to pose as adults for shows or shoots, and are banning models below size 34 for women and size 44 for men in French measurements from their casting requirements."
Your Clothes Might Be Destroying the Rainforest (Quartz)
"Rayon might seem like a better alternative to petroleum-based synthetic fabrics, but it’s often made from trees in old-growth forests. A new nonprofit is working hard to make sure fashion companies have better options."