According to sustainability rating website Good On You, Forever 21 should be avoided altogether. It has the lowest possible score in most aspects, including a “very poor” rating in the environmental condition categories. This rating is due to the complete lack of information provided by Forever 21 regarding its sustainability policies.
The company received a slightly higher rating in the “Animal Welfare” category due to the fact that they do not use leather or fur and have a statement regarding minimizing animal suffering. However, it still uses wool and exotic animal hair, making it a must-avoid product for strict vegans and vegetarians.
Worse still, Forever 21 has not signed the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety (via The New Yorker). Their refusal to sign this important document clearly shows that the brand does not care about the safety of its employees. Additionally, the company is not currently paying employees a living wage, with a shocking report revealing that workers were only paid $6 an hour at their Los Angeles factories (via Los Angeles Times).