reply to post by popsmayhem
That's a good point.
I think in the documentaries they raise direct concerns like the destruction of local textile mills and resulting sweat shops (and as one poster
added, some garments are even patched up and returned for resale to sender).
There's also a notion that they can be burnt in some countries, which is really the same as sending your trash to another country or ocean (which also
happens all the time).
Then there's definitely a psychological effect that's hidden by smugness in the West, but that holds a powerful incentive for shifting populations to
follow the perceived riches.
Added to this is the sad collapse of human diversity in dress (or sometimes lack there-off).
Even in the 1980s one could tell a tribe in a rural area by their tribal dress, especially for the women.
Now that's all gone.
The fantastic bead-work, 19th century elaborate headdresses and colorful blankets - all gone.
I think it highlights a real feeling of loss and despair to be dressed in Western rags and hand-me-downs, or uniform black hajibs.
Maybe not all the people feel that way, but I'm sure there's a loss of culture and identity that goes with that.
I think maybe one could lessen it a bit in the West, and not fall for every new fashion craze.
How many people can still sew socks and put patches on pants?
It's not difficult.
And if you keep your clothes for long enough they'll be back in fashion again at least three times in the average life time.
Buy less, fix more and wear it for longer, perhaps?
edit on 1-6-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)