The British buy five times more clothes as they did in the 1980s. Globalisation means things can be produced in far-off lands at low cost, meaning more choice and lower prices. A BBC investigation examined whether the planet, and some of its poorest inhabitants, are footing the bill for our unquenchable thirst for fashion.
The pressure on brands to get trends from catwalks to our backs cheaply, and deliver profits for investors, can lead to a rivalry to secure the cheapest source - a phenomenon critics refer to as "chasing the needle" around the world. As wages rose in Bangladesh, companies looked elsewhere to keep costs down.