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A story of Fast Fashion #storytime

by Simply Nature June 21, 2020

Mohammed and the crystal balls 

Once upon a time there was a young boy named Mohammed. He was around 10 years old and lived with his mother Gosha and his father Abdul in a small town of Bangladesh. They were a "poor" family, based on monetary income. But they were RICH in life due to their unconditional love for each other, and appreciation for each moment alive and the joy they shared when spending time together.
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Gosha was the main provider of the family. Abdul was a handyman, and would randomly find some work to contribute. But Gosha had secured a job with a multinational company making clothing. She never got paid enough in comparison to the long hours she worked. Also, she never enjoyed being at work because the conditions were... let's just say...less than ideal. And she continuously had to deal with abusive bosses. On top of this, She often feared, and had horrible thoughts of tragedy about the building where the approximately 1000 workers for this company would gather daily. This was mainly because the infrastructure of the factory was failing, and there were visible flaws and cracks on the walls and ceiling. However, this job was needed for the family to have the basic needs met for their home.
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The family would always find a way to spend quality time together. Finding creative ways to make each other laugh. They would specially find great joy in playing made up games which Mohammed would come-up with using the crystal balls that his mother Gosha would bring him as a gift every week on Friday evenings when she return home from work. Gosha would always take the time to stop by a small market on the way back home, and pick out 2 or 3 different crystal balls for Mohammed. They would vary in colors or the designs you could see inside the crystal. The balls were inexpensive and provided Mohammed a way to use his creativity making up games for his family and friends. He would let others borrow a crystal ball, and give them the story and rules of his games. 
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Gosha and Abdul felt really proud of Mohammed, because he had made the best out of these simple gifts.He had became very popular among his peers, and the family even now had a tradition of spending Friday evenings playing crystal ball games together. Gosha was always looking forward to give Mohammed the new found "treasure" from the market. And both parents were always looking forward to listening and learning the new games Mohammed had came up with.
Mohammed, would find bliss and confidence by guiding the games, and explaining the rules. He felt he was being a leader among his peers and felt really loved by his parents.
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They would give him undivided attention and would genuinely enjoy his games. See, the family did not have a TV, or extra money to go out to the mall or such. But when they joined together on this simple activity, they felt rich inside, full of love and they could feel their soul smiling. They were connected to each other, and it seemed like they could forget about any problems when they were in this moment, so present.This was the highlight of their weeks.
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On this particular week, Mohammed was really looking forward to his present on Friday evening. Gosha had seen new crystal balls designs and colors, which had arrived to the store earlier that week. And she had told him about it. They had some models she had never seen before.
Abdul and Mohammed were patiently waiting on Gosha on that Friday. Abdul had been at home all day because he had not found work for that day, and he had used the time to clean the house and make some dinner. Mohammed could only think about and imagine how the new models Gosha had talked about looked. They supposedly were of a rainbow spectrum. Reflecting many colors together like a prism. And Also showing "bubbles" and "fire" inside the crystal. He was super excited! Which one will she bring home? Also, he had thought about a new game to go with the new balls.
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They heard a knock on the door. This was strange because Gosha would not knock. Who was it? When Abdul opened the door it was his friend Kali. Kali's wife also worked at the clothing factory with Gosha. Kali seemed very upset. And simply started crying. What is going on my friend? What happened? Abdul asked.They are dead my friend. Our wives are dead, He said.
NO! THIS CANNOT BE. WHAT ARE YOU SAYING? Abdul asked. At this point Mohammed was also crying and could not even talk, he could only cry and listen to what Kali was saying. The factory COLLAPSED! Kali explained. The building collapsed, and many people died. They called my house phone. But They could not call you since you do not have a phone. We must go. We must go now! Said Kali. 
Abdul grabbed Mohammed, and they all ran together to the factory site. When they got there, it was chaos. Hundreds of people were already there, desperate and trying to do whatever they could to try to find their loved ones. Kali and Abdul started to do the same thing. Many people had died, but it was so recent, that it was not clear how many, or even who had died. So they started looking, running around and even digging thru the rubble. They were helping injured people as they roamed the place, but mostly they were desperately looking for their wives. The site looked as if a bomb had exploded, and the whole building had been taken down. Rubble everywhere, injured people everywhere, crying people everywhere.. for a moment they felt helpless and lost. 
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In the midst of the confusion, Mohammed got separated from his father without realizing it. Abdul was so desperately running around that Mohammed fell behind and got mixed in the crowd. However, Mohammed did not freak out. For some reason he found himself calmed and collected, it was like an energy of peace and hope had taken over him, he could feel it around him and felt secure. At this moment, he also remember he had a crystal ball in his pocket and for some reason he took it out. Mohammed was now focused on the crystal ball, feeling tranquil and just looking at it resting on the palm of his hand. 
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Suddenly, somebody past by Mohammed and hit his hand by accident. It happened so fast. The person knocked Mohammed's crystal ball out of his hand and the ball rolled away out of control. Without wasting one second he started chasing the ball, he remained focused on it not paying much attention to where he was going or what was around him. 
Mohammed ran inside the collapsed building chasing the crystal ball. He felt this strange force guiding him, he realized then that he was inside the falling down building and probably in danger, but he felt safe. He saw the ball fall into a hole and he went after it. He was small enough to fit thru this hole and also small enough to not be noticed and stopped by the rescue officials. He climbed down, and got to this open space, now underground. The ball kept rolling, and he was chasing it, his eyes still fixated on it. Then he lifted his sight and realized there where people laying on the ground in this room.
The ball finally stopped. It stopped when it ran into one of the persons laying on the ground. He paused and took a moment. IT IS MOM! He was blissed out and now screaming of happiness! Mom! Mom! He ran towards his mom and she was barely conscious on the floor. Mohammed started screaming for help, and he was heard by the rescuing personnel.
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They managed to remove the rubble and get Mohammed and his mother Goshia along with other 3 more people out of that "room". These people were hurt, but had survived the tragedy.Among these people was Kali's wife Fatima. Goshia and Fatima were together at the moment that the disaster took place. And They were not dead after all! They had been hurt, but their concussions and bruises if treated properly would not be fatal.
It was a miracle! Mohammed's crystal ball had rolled out of his hand and all the way to where his mother was laying unconscious and stopped by her. As if an angelic force was guiding him to find her and rescue her. As well as the other people. Abdul and Kali, could not believe it, they had already been thinking that they had lost Mohammed as well as their wives. Little did they all know, the Universe had got in the way and manifested a big surprise for them. The best surprise of their lives. For all of them!
After, recovering from the tragedy, Gosha and Fatima were able to pend time at home with their families for a while. The multinational company had compensated them with a good amount of money after the accident. Now, the 2 families where closer than ever and had decided to use the money they got and become business partners. They will now start their very own crystal balls and crystals shop! They had a new concept of selling the balls along with instructions for the games that were possible to play with them. All games that Mohammed had invented himself, and taught his peers and family. 
Abdul, Gosha, Kali, Fatima and Mohammed, were now leaders and examples to their community. And inspired others around them with their story, to belief in the power of their intuition and love. Because It was the love for each other, and the open heart of a child, who to listened and acted when the Universe brought solutions and guidance. Which led them to have a much positive outcome to what could have been a tragic situation. 
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We want to emphasize that this is not a real story. However, it is not far from real stories of real factory workers in countries such as Bangladesh, India, among others. We have given this story a positive twist, because we want to encourage hope, and we know of the importance of allowing the Universal guidance to come into our lives. But it is not always that simple.
What do you mean is not that simple? you may ask. Well, it is mainly because of the lack of knowledge and awareness that still exists in our society today. Not many people know of, or understand the consequences of fast fashion. And, in the worse cases, some that know, choose to ignore it, and turn the other way. 
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This is a real picture of a real person. Masum lost his mother and Abdul lost his wife in a factory fire. This Tragedy occurred in 2013 in Bangladesh.
(Picture Via @Fashion_Rev)
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 Fast fashion is basically regular fashion. And most companies in the apparel/accessories industry still follow this model today. The fashion industry is among the 5 most damaging and polluting industries of the world. Not to mention unethical. It supports mass production of garments and a wasteful attitude towards fashion consumption. They usually have 52 collections per year. 1 per week. Encouraging the consumer to neglect items after wearing them once or twice. The fast fashion industry has been known to using factories with bad working conditions. And they use cheap, toxic, and un-sustainable fabrics and materials which cause great damage to the environment and also the users. The quality of the items is reduced, some are known to cause allergies and even cancer, as all these profit driven retailers compete with lower prices to appeal to mainstream consumers. 
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(Picture Via Fashion Revolution @Fashion_Rev)
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Little known fact: when you receive an 80% or 90% OFF discount on a piece of clothing or jewelry, IT IS NOT the retailers who are losing money or assuming that cost. This means that the workers and artisans who made these items received and extremely unfair wage for their work. Usually around $1-2 dollars per 8-10 hour days of work. Now, some fast fashion retailers sell some items at less than $10; could you try to calculate how much the worker got paid for making it? Remember, makers are the start of the supply chain and you are the final step, the buyer.
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We are not talking about an specific company here. But these are the approximate general numbers of that industry. Some examples of very popular fast fashion companies are: Zara, H&M, Fashion Nova, Nike. Most of the mainstream companies you know of, are fast fashion companies. We are not accusing anyone here, we are merely bringing you knowledge and facts. All of this information can easily be found online.
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(Picture Via Fashion Revolution @Fashion_Rev)
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In 2013, the world was also shocked by another  fast fashion factory disaster in Bangladesh. (Maybe you have not heard about it, because the mainstream media does not show things that do not benefit their direct investors) The "Rana Plaza" disaster left a toll of 1.134 people dead and other 2.500 injured. The 8 stories building collapsed. There were actually noticeable warnings about the failure of the foundations the day before the tragedy. The lower levels businesses a Bank and Shops closed immediately, but the factory workers were forced to show up for work ignoring the warning signs. Some of the brands that had their workers here are:  Benetton, Prada, Gucci, Versace, Moncler, Gap,The Children's Place, El Corte Inglés, Joe Fresh, Mango, and Walmart. 
Many of the people affected never were fairly compensated.
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Actual picture of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh.
(Picture Via @Fashion_Rev)
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(Picture Via alochonaa.com)
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(Picture viahuffingtonpost.co.uk )
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(Picture Via ibtimes.co.uk)
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So what can we do to help? 
Like we said before, the main problem we see is unawareness of these facts. Because most people would not support these practices if they knew these details. This is why we are writing this article today. We want to continue to bring this to light and promote the values of Slow Fashion.
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Slow fashion? YES! The slow fashion movement is the response of conscious designers, makers, social entrepreneurs and conscious consumers against fast fashion. Slow fashion business owners reject mass produced clothing or accessories. Purchasing fair trade, locally made and ethically made products.  Slow fashion also embraces the practices of up-cycling, buying vintage garments, and handcrafting.It encourages choosing garments that will last longer, and are of higher quality, and also buying at a slower rate, having less collections and avoiding waste by using circular models. 
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The biggest, and most important thing to know, is that WE, The people, have the power! As consumers, we always have a choice. We can choose to support and vote for the world we want with our dollars. Supporting businesses that are trying to change the industry. Businesses that are based and show strong values of fair trade, equality, and harmony with the planet.
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Huge Fast fashion companies have the challenge of making enough supply/product to meet their demand, and also make profits at the same time. So, they have sacrificed their values in order to continue to grow and make money.
Keeping this in mind, an easy way to spot slow fashion businesses, is to look for small businesses or local companies. Companies where you can see the faces of the owners usually working at the business. Slow fashion retailers will be happy to show you who made your accessories and clothing.
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They will proudly share pictures of the artisans, makers and the processes. Responsible business usually have a mission and partner with other small organizations to empower each other, Positive social impact is what drives their action and you can see this and feel it. Their drive to make a change releases a powerful energy, which can be felt by the clients. Most importantly, slow fashion business owners always show the consumers their own lifestyle choices, in a very simple way. Not in fancy videos, but rather in low budget, but well done productions. This, in order to provide constant proof that they are living what they "preach", and not simply putting a facade with the help of a huge marketing budget. 
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It is time for all of us to step up collectively. We are in a time of evolution. The whole planet is transforming, and the consciousness of people is being elevated. Conscious designers, makers, entrepreneurs, and consumers. We need to stand on the same side and defend the same values in order to make a change, because we are more than those who are profit driven. However, until today they have dominated the industry.
This is our call to our community! Let's not ignore what we already know due to "convenience". Because let's face it, doing the right thing most times takes more effort or costs a little more. But this is a small price to pay for fairness, ethics and positive global change. 
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There is no time anymore. The people of Earth today have 2 choices. To continue to do things in the same way they have been doing them and face misery, disaster and doom. Or step-up and choose different, choose ethics, respect for one another and love everyone,everything and every animal on the planet. And thru this new stance and better choices stir our lives towards a beautiful, peaceful, abundant and prosperous planet Earth! #5D
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