Are You Happy Now? The Fashion Industry Regarding Well Being

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This shows the fashion industry's effect on our well being, the well being of others, and the well being of us in the future.

Submitted: November 18, 2017

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Are You Happy Now?

Our craving for “stuff” changes the way we think and act, forcing us to fall for the constraining grip of materialistic consumerism, destroying our mental health, devouring our money, shattering families, and wasting away the environment. We always want more and more, and we think of it as a good thing. We buy more to be happy, and in doing so we provide jobs and money, right? Well, we provide money to the wrong people and the jobs created are terrible for the people who have them, and the happiness is not whole, fulfilling, or lasting, and requires us to buy more and more and more. Our desire to buy obsessive amounts of clothes is bad for the well being of us by making us crave too much, it’s bad for the well being of the people who make the clothes, and it’s bad for the well being of the future generations who will have to live with our environmental destruction.

When society is told we need something, they believe it. The masses are told that they need to impress their peers by looking fashionably or by being rich. That is often displayed by buying fancy expensive clothes in an excessive amount. This demand to impress peers which is enforced by clothing companies through ads and the effect of bandwagoning, society fears that they are not enough. They believe they never have enough to impress their friends or to look rich. People want to look rich. They achieve that through nice clothing, name brands, and having a lot of stuff. After a long time of living that lifestyle, people will spend so much money trying to look rich that they just won’t be rich. They’ll spend so much money on clothes and materialistic items, and they’ll empty their own bank accounts to fill the deep hole in their life that they believe is missing. Once they snap back to reality and realise that they don’t need the clothes, it might get donated to charity. That may seem helpful, but only 10% of that is bought at thrift stores, and it ends up being brought to third world countries, destroying their own local clothing industries. Next time you buy clothes, you should always think of why you’re buying it, and if it’s to impress your peers or to look rich, put it back on the shelves.

Looking at the increasing numbers of people buying clothes, it is crucial to think of who makes those clothes. If you think hearing about the lives of the people who make the clothes is painful to hear about, imagine living it. Lives of workers in third world countries are made worse, obliterating the well being of those who work so hard for something as trivial as modern fashion. Parents have to live with either watching their children’s lives from a distance or watching their children’s lives fall apart. Sometimes both. With an unlivable wage, people starve and struggle, working long hours in abusive conditions just to stay alive in a life that they hate. People struggle for money that they don’t have, causing their children to work for extra income, missing school, guaranteeing a further life of just the same thing. It’s a broken record, a replay of people having a poor childhood, not having the ability to have a decent job, and not providing their children with important things like school. Fashion is one of the most employing industries, but a vast majority of those employees lead a terrible life. We need to make sure that the companies we buy from support livable and comfortable working conditions and convince other companies to display the same conditions.

Fashion may look beautiful on us, but its carbon footprint is as ugly as the clothes once they’re in a landfill. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry, only beaten by the oil industry. This cannot possibly be good for future generations. The chemicals used to create clothes destroys ecosystems and pollutes the air and water. This creates harmful effects on us as humans, both directly and indirectly. Through bioaccumulation and biomagnification, the fish we eat will be full of pollutants and toxic. The water we drink will be the same, destroying our genes, causing mental and physical disabilities and deformities from birth. This will continue, destroying the lives of future babies who will eventually grow up after having harsh lives with the difficulties of cancer and other diseases and disabilities. We must remember to only buy clothes when we absolutely need them and only throw out clothes when they are completely unwearable. Natural resources will go away, unlike the wastes that we make them produce. We will leave a world full of waste and empty of resources for future us to be forced to live in, and most likely destroy further until the world can’t keep up with us, and life how we know it will completely disappear.

Our addiction to buying clothes for the illusion of happiness achieves just the opposite of happiness for us, the people who made the clothes, and our future generations. We achieve a false happiness, wasting our money to impress our friends. People who make the clothes suffer abuse and struggle to feed themselves and their families, all having terrible lives. We ruin the environment now, leaving a terrible world for us in the future in case we manage to survive the birth defects due to the harmful chemicals. The world will be full of garbage and empty of resources, further ruining the lives of our children, their children, and the children of everyone else after that. In order to stop these effects, we must only buy clothes when we need them, preferably second hand, and only throw them out when there is no other option. We could also make sure that we only buy from companies who support workers with amazing lives, and convince the bad companies to make a change by personally consulting them and getting multiple people to do the same. The only people who can make the fashion industry change is us, so we need to make a change that will make us and everyone around us and in the future happy and waste-free.

 


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