Fair fashion ambassador Katharine Hamnett has spoken out about her frustrations over the recent tragedies and unethical treatment of garment workers within the Bangladeshi garment industry. Speaking to ITV News she states:
“This is appalling, this is the state of the fashion industry, this is the reality of the fashion industry, it’s a stinking business and most of our clothes are covered in blood.”
The interview came after a recent undercover ITV investigation – ‘Exposed: Fashion Factories Undercover’, aired last night, showing the suffering that workers are subjected to on a daily basis, including underage workers as young as 11, taking on as much as 11 hours work per day, daily beatings and locked fire escapes.
While Hamnett recognises that much fault lies in the hands of ruthless factory owners, (see incidents such as the Rana Plaza collapse that left over 1000, of 3000 workers dead), she believes that the EU should also be held responsible for ensuring that companies are taking extra steps to secure safety within the factories within their supply chain.
Watch the video here