Fast Fashion-How it effects the environment
Fast Fashion is producing clothing from the most recent fashion runway trends using sweat shops and unethical labors. Since clothing so rapidly becomes unfashionable and “not wearable” people end up with a lot of unwanted clothing. Instead of recycling their unwanted garments, it is not unusual for people to throw them away in the trash instead of recycling. To read about how Treasure Box Kids will manufacturer please read our post All About Treasure Box Kids. On average, about 65 pounds of clothing and textiles a year per person are improperly discarded, and “only an eighth of that goes to charities for reuse. The wasted clothing ends up in landfills where it stays and pollutes the ground and water. Cotton crops and textiles are gulping up 70 million tons of water allowing the continued use of pesticides to thrive.
Fast Fashion-How it effects the worker
The fast trends are designed and manufactured quickly and cheaply by sweat shops to allow the mainstream consumer to buy current clothing styles at a lower price. Shoppers have become accustom to buying stylish products at low rates. Our rapid demands for constant products turns puts workers’ lives at risk. Big Fast fashion chains have been found to out source to factories that employee child laborers under unethical conditions to produce their fast paced clothing needs. An $18 billion industry has sprung up, marked by factories in buildings with poor electrical wiring, an insufficient number of exits, and little firefighting equipment. This recently happened in a developing nation Bangladesh, which suffered two fatal garment factory fires recently. All in an effort to cut production costs so that you can buy cheap.
Fast Fashion-How it effects the consumer
Consumers have been brain washed to think that clothing must be cheap to be worth its purchase. While in reality retailers are able to provide such low prices on clothes due to their little to nothing production costs and inferior construction. Shoppers are buying substandard clothing pieces every few weeks only to be forced to throw them out within a year due to lack of quality.
Fast Fashion-How to combat it
Be Aware- Research the companies in which you shop and where they choose to manufacture their products. The Fast Fashion problem will certainly continue into the future unless an enormous change is made in the minds and attitudes of consumers. Know where your clothing is made and how it is made. Choose to have fewer, quality pieces of clothing rather than a larger assortment low quality clothing. Think to purchase vintage. The fabrics are great and the construction is better. Look to purchase made in the USA garments or garments that are imported but well made under ethical manufacturing guidelines. Together we can all put an end to Fast Fashion.