Recently whilst I was on a trip out, I noticed a rather large and dazzling Primark store. This store was showcasing a large number of garments for less than £5 and commanded the gaze of onlookers. Seeing the sheer complexity of this place prompted me to write down my feelings about shopping in cheaper big brand shops such as Primark.

I have chosen not to shop at Primark for several years. Various reasons have drawn me to this conclusion and whilst most of my friends are popping off to their local cheap clothing store, I couldn't bring myself to shop in there.

From Factory to Shop

Because of the increasing demand for fashion, many high street stores decide to use sweatshops. Sweatshops are a massive workshops where people are employed to make clothes for long hours, often without a break, paid very little and overall, treated badly. Clothing factories such as these do not often pay their staff well and many choose child labour as a cheaper option. The wages of workers in garment factories can be as low as $1-$3 a day.
The conditions in these places are awful and would violate many of our rules about working conditions here in the UK. Although many branded highstreet stores probably choose to use sweatshops, the inexpensive ones definitely do.

I cannot simply buy a £2.00 T-shirt knowing that someone has been robbed of a fair lifestyle because of it. Sweatshops are the most prominent, if not the only, reason to choose to stop shopping at cheap brands.


Aside from the horrendous truths behind the sweatshops, other problems lie behind the shop front.
In order for cheap clothing brands to capture their audience and sell their clothes at competitive prices, they have to skimp on quality. Down-grading the quality of a materials in a garment means that clothes are not designed to last.
1.5 million clothes are thrown away in Britain each year as a result of this, alongside other things.
Throwing away clothes is so wasteful as the fashion industry takes tonnes of water and energy to operate. Many clothing brands purposely design their clothes to have a short lifespan, in order to keep their audience coming back for more.


Shops such as Primark pride themselves on selling cheaply. The result being, people want to buy more. In 2017, £59.74 billion was spent on clothes in the UK alone. The clothing industry takes lots of water to produce garments. Therefore, the more people buy, the more water is wasted. In short - it's wrecking the environment.

Yes, as a young person it is hard to not buy from cheap brands. However, next time you go shopping, think beyond the price tag.

Thanks for Reading.

Abby x

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Figures and Statistics

The wages of workers in garment factories can be as low as $1-$3 a day - https://thegreenhubonline.com/2018/01/16/20-facts-about-the-fast-fashion-industry-that-will-shock-you/

1.5 million clothes are thrown away in Britain each year - http://makeitbritish.co.uk/uk-manufacturing-2/the-british-clothing-market-10-shocking-statistics/

In 2017, £59.74 billion was spent on clothes in the UK alone - https://www.statista.com/statistics/289999/consumer-spending-on-clothing-in-the-united-kingdom-uk/


  1. Hi Abby, what shops do you recommend going to that don’t use sweatshops? Because even more expensive shops like Next and Topshop use them. H ��

  2. Wow, this post has really opened my eyes. Such a great one to write, thank you xx

  3. I agree with you, great post;) hopefully more people think about what they buy and what went in to it.

  4. This feels very similar to my feelings on stores such as forever 21, I only really go into “fast fashion” stores if I need a piece last minute that I know can be found there and I don’t have much money. Otherwise I avoid them! Some stores like that can be really dirty and poorly kept too... which doesn’t help convince me to shop there!

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