I won’t pretend to be any sort of expert on supply chains, particularly garment supply chains. However, I think it is important to understand how they currently operate, so that we can identify where changes should be made. After watching the NPR documentary (link below), it is clear that garment supply chains are tainted with inefficiency, environmental degradation, and workers rights issues. They are complex, multi-faceted, and more often than not, they are not fully understood by the brands themselves.
NPR braved the waters of researching and documenting the supply chain of a “simple” t-shirt. This enlightening documentary is called “Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt. The world behind a simple shirt, in five chapters.” Click here to view it!
It seems that there are many ways the garment supply chain can be improved not for the purpose of lowering costs and increasing profits for the brand, but for improving workers pay and conditions, and lessening the environmental footprint.
Watching this documentary is part of the “Who Made My Clothes?” free online course by Fashion Revolution. So look, now you already have a head start! It’s a 3 week course, and you can still sign up to take it, but hurry it does close on July 30th. Click here to sign up!
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