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Sign the petition to tell the CEOs of Zara, H&M, and Forever 21 to stop exploiting people and harming our planet by buying low-quality goods from unethical suppliers!

The fast fashion industry promotes cheaply made products that are "in style" for a single season, and then pushes out the next style as fast as the first. It is the second greatest pollution-causing industry on the planet [1] and a huge exploiter of women [2].

The profitability of the fast fashion industry relies on low costs and high volume, so some companies take advantage of the more lenient regulations in China, India, and Indonesia to get their clothing made cheaply, regardless of the health and safety crisis it causes [3]. They stoop to buying products from suppliers that employ children, expose their employees to poor working conditions, and pollute the environment [2].

80% of textile workers around the world are 18 to 24 years old, and many are much younger [2]. The majority of these workers make less than $3 per day, and the average sweatshop worker endures 14-hour work days [2]. In some cases, entire families work from their one-room homes, spending every minute of daylight sewing and still live hand-to-mouth [4]. The clothing industry is the largest worldwide employer of women, but fewer than 2% earn a living wage from their jobs [1].

In many cases, the textiles these suppliers produce are treated with harsh chemicals, which can expose both workers and consumers to toxins and carcinogens. Lead, for example, is linked to high infertility rates, health concerns for pregnant women and unborn babies, and an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure [4]. Other carcinogens such as pesticides, insecticides, formaldehyde, and flame-retardants [4] are often present in garments, as well as toxins like mercury and arsenic [5]. The air workers breathe and the water their communities drink is also tainted by the toxic chemicals used in the production process.

Zara, H&M, and Forever 21 are the industry "giants" in fast fashion who come out with as many as 18 new collections per year [5]. A 2017 report by the Changing Markets Foundation found that H&M was purchasing from eight viscose suppliers that were guilty of pollution, while Zara was purchasing from four such suppliers [3]. Forever 21 still sells products that contain more than the legal limit of lead [4].

Some of these fashion giants are working with suppliers to make the production process friendlier to people and the environment, but the problem on the whole remains unchecked. H&M, for example, appears to be turning things around with a fancy clothing recycling program, but most of the recycled items still end up in landfills [1].

These companies must change their ways!

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To the the CEOs of Zara, H&M, and Forever 21:

While we appreciate the efforts you have put forth to make your suppliers' production processes more sustainable, we also recognize that the quick succession of styles in the fast fashion industry coupled with the pollution-causing processes used to produce them continues to harm your customers and the people who live and work where these products are made, particularly those who are employed by your suppliers.

The fast fashion industry is causing a major pollution crisis and violating human rights. The world needs you to commit to higher standards. We need you to make a move toward a business plan that nixes the toxic chemicals, the unfair wages, the child labor.

We demand that you ask your suppliers to raise their standards for waste, chemical use, and employee treatment and cease to purchase products from suppliers who refuse to comply with those standards.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 18, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jan 18, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Jan 18, 2018 Brian Gottejman
Jan 16, 2018 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Jan 16, 2018 barbara gale
Jan 16, 2018 Gania Barlow
Jan 16, 2018 Harald Geiger
Jan 16, 2018 Franca Faustini
Jan 15, 2018 Victoria Sola
Jan 15, 2018 Donna Delin
Jan 15, 2018 Tim Young
Jan 15, 2018 Laurie Aman
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Lorraine Costea
Jan 15, 2018 Chase Ricciardi
Jan 15, 2018 Barbara Smith
Jan 15, 2018 Jason Wood
Jan 15, 2018 m k
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Carey Mayfield
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed) Back in 2010 I had a website where I hand crafted all my clothes and did research on the horrible amount of water and dye not to mention cotton that our throw away society contributes to. They need to find ways to ethically produce mass quantities.
Jan 15, 2018 Martha Jaegers
Jan 15, 2018 Melynda Quinn
Jan 15, 2018 JOHN PASQUA
Jan 15, 2018 Susan Beck
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Christie Rawls
Jan 15, 2018 Leslie Wilbur
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Sofia Becerro
Jan 15, 2018 Amaia Pérez
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Lisa D'Ambrosio
Jan 15, 2018 Rhoda Slanger
Jan 15, 2018 Sarah Rose
Jan 15, 2018 Ann Erbacher Grey
Jan 15, 2018 LORI GREEN
Jan 15, 2018 Dava Johnson
Jan 15, 2018 Tobi Zausner
Jan 15, 2018 Kathleen Shabaan
Jan 15, 2018 Adelina Jaudal
Jan 15, 2018 Nicholas Flanagan
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Marguerite Swope
Jan 15, 2018 Samantha Honowitz
Jan 15, 2018 J Woodhouse
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 sandra klein
Jan 15, 2018 christine burgess
Jan 15, 2018 Rehana Huq

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