May 26, 2022
When Meghan Farmer told her mother that she wanted to be in the fashion industry, she remembers what she said: If she’s going into the fashion industry, she needs to do something that helps others.
“I think she saw, understandably, the fashion industry, sort of as an industry that takes a lot and is rather vain, superficial,” Farmer said.
At first, she brushed it off. Now, she considers it one of the best pieces of advice she’s received. As she started studying and eventually working in the industry, she started seeing the truth.
The fashion industry isn’t good for the environment. It uses excessive amount of water and wastewater and contributed 2.1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gasses in 2018, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
When a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed and killed more than 1,000 workers in 2013, Farmer said she could no longer ignore the harsh realities of the fashion industry and dedicated herself to making it better.
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