BEIJING, China — Anyone who has ever bought a cheap piece of clothing has likely seen the phrase “Made in China” on the tag. In fact, as of 2019, China remained the largest source of fast fashion merchandise in the world. Much of this merchandise comes from domestic Chinese fashion companies. Additionally, not only is Chinese production a trend among cheaper brands, but high-end and “all-American” brands have high manufacturing rates in China as well. What do these trends mean for global poverty? In sum, fast fashion in China means poor work conditions, unlivable wages and overproduction. However, this does not have to be the case in the future.
Fast fashion is often defined as “cheap, trendy clothing” that mimics or is very similar to items seen on celebrities or in fashion shows. Many brands produce their garments in China where they can enforce extremely unreasonable quotas and exploit cheap labor to meet the demand of consumers.
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