The Found Hea Research Department

An in depth guide to the fashion industry and what we can do to transform it

Contents

Environment

A Short Overview

Transport

Dyeing

Garment Lifecycle

Fabrics

Organic Cotton

Recycled Polyester

Lyocell by TENCEL

Lenzing Modal

Organic Wool

Advertising

Body Image

Mental Health

Racism

What can you do?

A Guide To Ethical Shopping

Talking To Brands

Talking To Friends


About us

Who are Found Hea?

How do we do our research?


What's wrong with the fashion industry?

Low wages, sexual harassment, poisoned rivers, the list goes on

5 min read

Garment factory fires are not a new issue In 1911, the deadliest industrial disaster was a fire in a clothing factory. It killed 146 people. Fires were so common that some mills had their own fire engines. And these deadly fires are still a problem today.


In 2013, the Rana Plaza Disaster killed 1,134 people and injured many more in a factory fire. 


In 2019, more than 40 people died in a factory blaze in India.


March 2020, more than 2 fires a day were reported across the fashion industry’s global supply chain. The fires resulted in 4 deaths and 50 injuries.

Five Facts

  • In 1911, the deadliest industrial disaster was a fire in a clothing factory. It killed 146 people.
  • In 2013, the Rana Plaza Disaster killed 1,134 people and injured many more in a factory fire. 
  • In 2019, more than 40 people died in a factory blaze in India.
  • March 2020, more than 2 fires a day were reported across the fashion industry’s global supply chain. The fires resulted in 4 deaths and 50 injuries.


Factory Fires

Factory fires have been an issue as far back as 1911

5 min read ܁ Authors Sam Mabley & Kate Soar

In 1911, the deadliest industrial disaster was a fire in a clothing factory. It killed 146 people. Fires were so common that some mills had their own fire engines. And these deadly fires are still a problem today.


In 2013, the Rana Plaza Disaster killed 1,134 people and injured many more in a factory fire. 


In 2019, more than 40 people died in a factory blaze in India.


March 2020, more than 2 fires a day were reported across the fashion industry’s global supply chain. The fires resulted in 4 deaths and 50 injuries.

Five Facts

  • In 1911, the deadliest industrial disaster was a fire in a clothing factory. It killed 146 people.
  • In 2013, the Rana Plaza Disaster killed 1,134 people and injured many more in a factory fire. 
  • In 2019, more than 40 people died in a factory blaze in India.
  • March 2020, more than 2 fires a day were reported across the fashion industry’s global supply chain. The fires resulted in 4 deaths and 50 injuries.

References

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Wages

Most garment workers do not receive a wage high enough to live off

5 min read ܁ Authors Sam Mabley & Kate Soar

In 1911, the deadliest industrial disaster was a fire in a clothing factory. It killed 146 people. Fires were so common that some mills had their own fire engines. And these deadly fires are still a problem today.


In 2013, the Rana Plaza Disaster killed 1,134 people and injured many more in a factory fire. 


In 2019, more than 40 people died in a factory blaze in India.


March 2020, more than 2 fires a day were reported across the fashion industry’s global supply chain. The fires resulted in 4 deaths and 50 injuries.

Five Facts

  • In 1911, the deadliest industrial disaster was a fire in a clothing factory. It killed 146 people.
  • In 2013, the Rana Plaza Disaster killed 1,134 people and injured many more in a factory fire. 
  • In 2019, more than 40 people died in a factory blaze in India.
  • March 2020, more than 2 fires a day were reported across the fashion industry’s global supply chain. The fires resulted in 4 deaths and 50 injuries.

References

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3. lorum ipsum

CHILD LABOUR: THE FACTS


The latest Global Estimates indicate that 152 million children — 64 million girls and 88 million boys — are in child labour globally, accounting for almost one in 10 of all children worldwide. 


Nearly a third of children in child labour up to age 14 are completely deprived of schooling.


With kids not getting an education this means they get trapped in a poverty cycle. Perhaps if parents were paid a living wage children wouldn’t need to work, could get an education and then get out of the poverty cycle.

FORCED OVERTIME: THE FACTS


A 2016 study which looked at four factories in China, found that workers were doing between 80 and 150 hours of overtime per month.


According to Labour Behind The Label, overtime is usually compulsory. Workers are mostly informed at the last minute that they are expected to work extra hours. In many instances, workers report being threatened with dismissal and subjected to penalties as well as verbal abuse if they cannot work the additional hours.


Factory managers typically push employees to work between 10 and 12 hours, sometimes 16 to 18 hours a day. When order deadlines loom, working hours get longer. A seven-day working week is becoming the norm during the peak season, particularly in China, despite limits placed by the law.