The Social Impact of Textile Production And A Fabric's Effect On You

The Social Impact of Textile Production And A Fabric's Effect On You

Charlie Bradley Ross Sunday, 30 July 2017

This is a 22 minute Lesson that looks at the social impacts of textile production, and how these issues extend to you and your customers as the wearer.

Bangladesh’s textile industry is worth $28bn a year to the country – it's virtual lifeblood. So employees are trapped between potential poverty and a dangerous working environment. They have no choice but to endure whatever conditions they are given. In the full Lesson this clip is from, we learn about the social cost of textile production; from raw material to end product, how does it affect the people who produce it? Social impact also encompasses animal welfare. So the animals that create or contribute to the raw materials, how have they been treated?

In the second half of the video Lesson, we take a look at how fabrics can affect your health and your customers’ health, as the wearer, too. We discuss some of the nasty chemicals to avoid. We’ll also take a look at some the companies and organisations doing amazing things.

In this Lesson, you will learn:

  • The social impacts of textile production
  • Textile production and animal welfare
  • What your clothes may be doing to you when you wear them

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