Episode 22 - Fashion Victims

What does it take to make a shirt? That question might seem simple at first glance, but as we explored the fashion industry, we discovered a world of environmental destruction, exploitation, and human suffering on a staggering scale. Hidden just out of sight from the cheap clothes we find in our closets and strip malls is a story centuries in the making of struggles that continue through today. Join us this week as we explore the ins and outs of this dirty industry.

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  • 01:53 Scope of the Industry
  • 05:23 Shift in the Industry
  • 13:13 Labor
  • 16:26 Slavery in our Modern World
  • 20:39 Supply Chain: Raw Materials
  • 29:30 Supply Chain: Manufacture
  • 33:59 Labor
  • 34:24 Police in Fashion?
  • 37:55 Pink
  • 39:52 Supply Chain: End of Life
  • 41:55 Bloody History of the Textile Industry
  • 45:07 The Triangle Factory
  • 47:22 Can We Have The World We Want?
  • 57:38 What Can we Do?

Additional Materials

Pulse of the Fashion Industry

Global Fashion Agendy & The Boston Consulting Group

Global Fashion Agenda & The Boston Consulting Group

Business as Usual is Not an Option: Supply Chains and Sourcing after Rana Plaza

Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Supply Chains and Sourcing after Rana Plaza

The True Cost


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