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The dangers of fast fashion are innumerable, whether it's wreaking havoc on the environment or, in this case, putting workers' lives in danger with poorly regulated factories. Quartz reports that a factory in Bangladesh that makes clothes for both H&M and JCPenney caught on fire early yesterday morning, injuring several workers.
Video from the site of the fire shows workers leaping from windows to escape the burning building. Luckily, only four workers were injured. This is a much lower figure than it could have been had the fire started just an hour later. At that point, "the factory would have been filled with more than 6,000 workers, and the risk of death would have been extreme," the Clean Clothes Campaign said in a statement.
H&M is particularly guilty of not getting its factory up to standards. Quartz notes of several damning examples, including another factory in Bangladesh that caught on fire and took four hours for firefighters to contain and one in India with conditions that mirror slavery.
A recent report on an H&M factory in Bangladesh showed that the building "lacked adequate fire doors, sprinklers, fire alarms, and fire hoses, among other deficiencies."
As a more socially-conscious generation comes of age, the fast fashion industry is going to need to put an end to these types of crimes against humanity if it wants to stay in business.
Below, watch footage of the Bangladesh factory that caught on fire yesterday morning.