Ethical Challenges

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Ethical Challenges

The textile industry is associated with significant ethical challenges.

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Labour conditions

  • The global textile industry is notorious for exploitative labour practices.
    • Labour practices are particularly exploitative in low-income countries.
  • Sweatshops and poor working conditions are prevalent in some parts of the industry.
    • Poor working conditions include low wages, long hours, and unsafe working conditions.
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Child labour

  • In certain regions, child labour is still used in textile production.
    • Child labour deprives children of their education.
    • Child labour exposes children to hazardous working environments.
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Fast fashion

  • Fast fashion is where clothing is produced rapidly and cheaply to meet consumer trends.
  • Fast fashion leads to overconsumption and excessive waste.
    • Fast fashion items are often of lower quality and discarded quickly.
  • Fast fashion items often aren't ethically made.
    • Fast fashion is notorious for poor working conditions.
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Lack of transparency

  • The complex and global supply chains in the textile industry often lack transparency.
    • This makes it challenging for consumers to know the environmental and ethical impacts of the products they buy.
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Addressing ethical challenges

  • Addressing ethical challenges requires a combination of efforts from various stakeholders.
    • For example, consumers, brands, government, and non-governmental organisations.
  • Ensuring ethical labour standards is an essential step toward making the textile industry socially responsible.

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1Core Technical Principles

2Paper & Board: Specialist Technical Principles

3Timber: Specialist Technical Principles

4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

6Textiles: Specialist Technical Principles

7Designing & Making Principles

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