In previous Topical Talk lessons, we have had an intriguing discussion regarding fast fashion and how it affects people around the globe. Not only can it have an impact on members of society but various actions and consequences taken by others as well. I would like to touch on this topic and would like to show users on the student hub how much of a significant impact fast fashion can have on 5 major things: AI and the Arts, Earth day, tougher climate laws, Equality is nepotism acceptable, Metaverse, a new realm to rule and Strikes should they be allowed.
AI and the Arts: The AI and the Arts can be potentially one of the most controversial issues to this current date. We know that AI can create a drawing in a matter of seconds whilst a human artist can reflect this same image in a couple of days or possibly weeks. How would this be for fast fashion though? Just like AI retrieves designs created by famous artists without permission, will similar styles or designs be incorporated into clothing the consumer requests the AI to make? Fast fashion industries are fighting for survival in that particular field hence would it be fair if they used AI to innovate new clothes for a reasonable price?
Earth day, tougher climate laws: We all know that fast fashion has a detrimental impact on marine life as well as animals that roam the forest floors. Many ships importing or exporting these goods to other countries pollute the ocean thus acidifying the waters. Marine species cannot survive in these tarnished conditions just like we cannot breathe in a noxious atmosphere. Do you think the amount of cargo ships transporting products should be limited to a specific amount? Most people wear some fast fashion items at one time and then just dump it in their wardrobes because they are in desperate need to keep up with the latest trendy outfits. How do you think people should avoid doing this?
Equality is nepotism acceptable: When interviewed, first appearance always matters to the people hiring you. However, some people who cannot afford costly suits or elegant garments rely on fast fashion to be at least presentable at the meeting. In spite of this, nepotism does come into play as a manager’s eye would mostly linger on the person with more pristine clothes then the other. Everyone should be equal regardless of their appearance because I personally believe this is biassed and limits the windows of opportunities for the poorer. So, do you think your appearance should be a specific look when interacting with your might-in-the-future-be boss?
Metaverse, a new realm to rule: Some online platforms can provide you with cheaper wear for those with less income on an annual basis. Hence, more and more people are inclined to purchase fast fashion wear regardless of their wealth. Do you think it is fair that people buy things at a cheaper price? Do you think that the rapid inflation in fashion prices will decrease in order to attract more customers? I would lie somewhere in the middle. Yes, I do want to save money therefore I would likely buy a fast fashion outfit sold at a cheaper price however the material may not be of high quality. Meanwhile, my parents tend to buy clothes that are more expensive than the norm to ensure that it is of high quality material and can endure a long time. Which would you focus on: quality or quantity?
Strikes, should they be allowed: Fast fashion industries need to deliver the items to the consumer in a short period of time. Hence, workers tend to labour long, arduous hours for a low wage per day. Most are accustomed to work in unsafe and unhealthy conditions, often illegally using toxic chemicals that can lead to respiratory problems in the future. People are going on strike to have their voice acknowledged but they cannot fix both the conditions and the wage: you can’t have your cake and eat it too! So, if you were stuck in this circumstance, which would you choose, a higher salary or higher working conditions? Which would you rely on, your health or your money?
Now that I have addressed these 5 issues, the only one that remains is Royalty in the modern world. Most people are constantly aware of how posh, presentable and pristine the royal family looks and those who rely on fast fashion tend to be jealous of this. Considering we pay taxes to the Royal family through the Sovereign Grant, is it fair to have such a major difference in appearance? How would the members of the public react if they saw King Charles for example wearing fast fashion items? Would they react in a positive or negative way and why is this so?
This is not up to me to decide but YOU! Feel free to share down in the comments below how fast fashion would change the Royal family and why. Furthermore, I would be even more thankful if you share your opinions regarding the 5 topics above. Hopefully, this has helped you in a positive way!