Throughout history society has allowed many harmful fashion trends, some even deadly. In the 19th century socks were made with aniline dyes that caused inflammation to men’s feet and gave factory workers sores and bladder cancer. Women’s dresses were made with flammable material that would burn completely in about 60 seconds. Celluloid combs were commonly used by women and men but if they got too hot they would explode. There was also an instance where a comb factory in Brooklyn exploded. Other shocking trends include the use of mercury to make top hats and using arsenic as a green dye. Continue Reading
On average, Americans buy 64 items and over 7 pairs of shoes per year. This fast fashion created number has doubled from annual purchases in the 1990’s. According to a survey conducted by the British charity, Barnardo’s, most women will wear garments 7 times before it’s thrown in the garbage or kept at the back of their closets. Why have annual purchases and waste in the fashion industry increased? The “fast fashion” trend is to blame.
Often times clothing companies are driven by profit rather than spreading social good. Oscar Mike is a startup clothing label (Read: Social Enterprise) that goes above and beyond to prove that a clothing business is also capable of empowering community members. The brand was created by a paralyzed veteran, Noah Currier, who made it his objective to support other disabled vets in the United States. His journey to create the clothing label is both heartwarming and inspiring.