Since Europe went into lockdown, high street retailers cancelled $2billion worth of orders. That’s 982million garments meant to be for sale in a store near you along with approximately 1 million factory workers in Bangladesh now out of work.
Without government support, furlough schemes or employment insurance the workers – and their families – are in trouble. To put it bluntly, as one factory owner said, “If coronavirus doesn’t kill my workers, then starvation will.” Muhymin Chowdhury, Head of Challenge Fund Fundraising at not for profit health organisation Sajida, told GLAMOUR, “Cancelled orders have affected over 1000 factories. A recent study found that 47% of these workers now have no income.”
Everyone with a conscience and a wardrobe knows that fast fashion is killing the planet. Fashion is cited as the second most polluting industry in the world and COVID-19 has proved that the production chains shipping billions of cheaply made garments from Asia to the West are deeply unsustainable.
GLAMOUR is all about conscious consumption. Before you buy you should think about the fabrics our clothes are made from, how the workers were treated and paid, what chemicals were used in their processing… There are so many sustainable ways to shop that we shouldn’t need fast fashion, but it’s a behemoth business and simply stopping shopping is not the answer. Except that is exactly what the Coronavirus crisis has forced us to do.
Humanitarian charities can help with aid but there is also the question of those 982million pieces of cancelled clothing, already made but now headed for landfill. Even though we are still locked up on our sofas, there is a way to help. Lost Stock is a fashion clothing box (powered by multi-retailer app MallZee) that includes pieces from these cancelled orders – originally destined for stores including Topshop, New Look and Gap – tailored to your size and taste with up to £70 worth of product inside, for £35.
Each box will support a garment worker in Bangladesh – and their family – in their food and hygiene requirements for a week. In partnership with the Saijida Foundation, Lost Stock is giving their profits straight to those worst affected and they’re aiming to help 5000 families in May and 100,000 by the end of 2020.
Cally Russell, Mallzee CEO, said; “With no safety net available for some of the poorest workers in the fashion supply chain we couldn’t sit back and do nothing – leaving families to starve and new clothing heading to landfill. Covid-19 is a health and economic crisis in the UK but it’s going to be a humanitarian crisis in countries like Bangladesh unless support is provided. With the Lost Stock approach consumers get a great deal and are also helping at the same time.”
That’s our kind of shopping. Click below to order a box now…