Despite the expense of designer bedding sets, a designer label doesn’t guarantee high quality fabrics or ethical methods of production. Historically, the fashion industry and the myriad of designer brands involved tend to overlook ethical values and have only recently begun to move away from using fur in their products and using size zero models.
Some major problems still exist in the fashion industry however, including its shocking impact on the environment and the unfair exploitation of garment manufacturers. It is the responsibility of individual designers to take a stand against these practices as well as the responsibility of consumers to make ethical buying choices.
Designer clothing and products are not considered to be fast fashion. However, they are the reason fast fashion exists. The mass-production of cheap clothing is a response to the fashion industry’s quickly evolving definition of what is considered ‘on trend’. Having garments and products that are only fashionable for a season sets a damaging precedent that products are transient and can be easily thrown away and replaced.
These ideals have infiltrated almost all markets, including the bedding and bed sheets industry. Consumers may be inclined to buy cheaper, lower quality designer inspired bedding in a style that imitates designer brands, only to throw it away and replace it within a year.
Obviously, this is disastrous for the climate and changes need to be made to move towards more sustainable consumerism. It is important for people to look into sustainable buying options and choosing ethically made, yet luxurious, fabrics such as Tencel™ for their bedding.
Fast fashion is notoriously bad for garment manufacturers who are overwhelmingly underpaid and often working in sweatshops. It is important to remember, however, that designer brands are not innocent of these production methods. Despite being a multi-billion-dollar industry, many designer brands still use sweatshops for the manufacture of their products.