Reasons Why You Should Ditch Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is the second most polluting industry on Earth.

Fast fashion is the second most polluting industry on Earth.

Bridget McAree, Staff Writer

Within the last few decades, the fashion industry and the way we purchase clothes has completely changed. Clothes have become cheaper and with the convenience of online shopping, people shop more often. However, this is having a negative effect on the environment and people. For example, 700 gallons of water is used to make just one cotton shirt, it takes up to 80 years for clothes to break down in landfills, and the fashion industry produces 10 percent of the world’s emissions.

Fast fashion is defined as mass-producing cheaply made, trendy items that are sold at lower prices. It also reflects the growing consumer desire for speed and value within retail. Fast fashion companies, such as Zaful and Shein, sample ideas from fashion shows and celebrity culture to make clothes at a rapid pace the everyday consumer can buy.

The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry on Earth, right behind oil. Fast fashion’s negative impact includes the use of cheap, toxic, textile dyes. The speed at which clothes are produced also means that more and more clothes are disposed of by consumers, creating more waste.

Unfair labor is another issue with fast fashion. Labor workers in the fashion industry are some of the lowest paid workers in the world and roughly 85% of all workers are women. 

Luckily, there are many alternatives and smarter ways of shopping. Most of us are guilty of buying more things than we need. Instead, try to shop less and save money. Also, thrift shopping is a great way to find high quality, unique clothes at a fraction of the price. Another option is to research and buy from eco-fashion companies who produce clothing with more environmentally friendly methods.They use strategies like producing made-to-order, so they are not making more than what is sold to create less waste. Lastly, donating your old clothes is important to keep the cycle going. At stores like Plato’s Closet and Ragorama you can donate or sell your clothes to the store and make money, while also buying thrifted clothes.