Fashion is an ever-increasing aesthetic expression in a certain culture and at a certain time, generally in clothing, accessories, footwear, hairstyles, makeup, and body shapes. In the United States, fashion designs are continuously undergoing revision and change. It is not enough that fashion trends are continuously changing. They must be modified, changed with the times, and presented in a new light to keep up with changing times. One can be said to have “caught on” if he or she constantly is wearing or comes by, fashionably fashionable clothes.
The major reason for fashion’s continuous change is the ever-evolving need to be comfortable, safe, and aesthetically pleasing. Because of this, manufacturers of clothing and textiles have to continually think of new ways of making clothes, and clothes and textiles, out of man-made fibers or synthetics. To make matters worse, most people are becoming more concerned about the harmful effects of chemicals that are commonly used in production of most fashion garments. These chemicals are often called “hazardous substances”, or “hazardous substances with known irritating or damaging effects.”
For example, some clothes are made from very small amounts of dyes or colors; however, these dyes and colors can still cause allergic reactions. Also, these materials are usually mixed with synthetic compounds that increase their elasticity and make them stretch easily. All of these ingredients combine to create a very delicate fabric that cannot withstand many working conditions. If garment workers are exposed to these types of conditions on a regular basis, they can greatly increase their risk of developing certain diseases such as cancer, nervous exhaustion, or even certain types of autoimmune disorders.
In order to prevent this type of tragedy, clothing manufacturers are having to find better ways of using synthetics to produce their products. What can we do about it? The answer is simple: let the fashion industry work for its own safety instead of attempting to regulate the actions of individual vendors and individual fashion houses. By working together, the fashion industry can come up with a safer solution to what can be one of the biggest health threats facing employees in the fashion industry today.
In the past, fashion brands have worked with different institutions to implement safer working conditions. They have formed associations such as the Fashion Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) to advocate for a safer work environment. The association also works with manufacturers to reduce the amount of hazardous chemicals that are used in the production of their clothes. Other fashion brands may join forces with other clothing manufacturers to form a trade association. Whatever group they join up with, they all hope to find a way to improve the conditions of their workers so that they too can enjoy lower healthcare costs and more free time.
Unfortunately, the efforts of fashion industry workers may only be partially successful. Clothing labels can still add dangerous dyes and chemicals to their garments. They can still add these hazardous chemicals through the use of water, which is frequently used during the production process. Companies may not fully understand the impact that these chemicals have on workers and on the environment. The best way to ensure that these chemicals do not seep into our environment is to change the types of clothes that we buy.