So, imagine this: you are standing in front of your overflowing closet, trying to find something to wear. Sound familiar? We have all been there, but have you ever stopped to think about the true cost of our fashion choices? Fast fashion, with its quick turnover of trends and cheap prices, may seem tempting, but it comes at a high price for our planet and the people involved in its production. In this article we’ll inspect why preventing fast fashion is crucial and how we can make a positive impact in our community.
In today’s fast-paced world of fashion, where trends come and go in the blink of an eye, the rise of fast fashion has revolutionized the way we value clothing. As we sort through the waves of clothing in our closets, and discard our clothes, we donate to the already overflowing landfills. The research in the article “10 Statistics About Fast Fashion Waste”, states, “92 million tons of textiles waste is produced every year: Of the 100 billion garments produced each year, 92 million tons end up in landfills. To put things in perspective, this means that the equivalent of a garbage truck full of clothes ends up on landfill sites every second. If the trend continues, the number of fast fashion waste is expected to soar up to 134 million tonnes a year by the end of the decade.” Not only does fast fashion negatively affect our landfills, its production also emits toxic chemical pollution. The researchers from “Good On You”, “tested 38 samples of children’s and adult clothes and accessories. One in five had concerning levels of chemicals, like lead, PFAS,
and phthalates.” Listed are only two negative effects of fast fashion just to open your eyes to this industry.
Unfortunately fast fashion is a major task to tackle, but luckily there are many practices you can implement within your lifestyle to help prevent fast fashion. If you are trying to find any last minute clothes for a certain event fast fashion is definitely a very useful tool, but we encourage you to shop secondhand for last minute clothing. The people at “Tru Earth” state, “Fast fashion’s rapid turnover contributes significantly to textile waste. Thrift shopping counteracts this trend by extending the lifespan of garments and reducing the demand for new clothing production.” By choosing second hand clothing over fast fashion you will help your environment.
Not only can you shop second hand to overcome the monster within our closets, you can also support local or sustainable fashion companies. Supporting worthwhile brands will keep your closet neat while keeping the earth clean. The researchers at “Earth.org” have found eighteen sustainable fashion brands for you to buy from in 2023; “Wholesome Culture, Christy Dawn, SAYE, Reformation, The Classic T-Shirt Company, SassySpud, SAMARA, Tove&Libra, Wolven, Plant Faced Clothing, Vipop, Afends, VEJA, BEEN London, FAITHFULL THE BRAND, Mila. Vert, Stella McCartney, and Kitdo” In conclusion, there are many ways for you to almost effortlessly participate in preventing fast fashion.
We are Riley Hartfield and Callie Pickett from Coleman High School, and we are writing this article for our current FCCLA project: Ethical Threads. Our project’s soul purpose is to reach out to our community and encourage them to help fight against fast fashion. Overall, fast fashion has horrible impacts, but you can help be the change and reduce your fashion footprint.