What's Wrong with Fast Fashion?

 

The equivalent of one garbage truck full of clothes is burned or dumped in a landfill every second. United Nations Environmental Programme

While people bought 60% more garments in 2014 than in 2000, they only kept the clothes for half as long.  Ellen MacArthur Foundation

93% of brands surveyed by the Fashion Checker aren’t paying garment workers a living wage. Fashion Checker, 2020

Clothing production is the third biggest manufacturing industry after the automotive and technology industries. Textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined. House of Common Environmental Audit Committee, 2019 

 If you would like to learn more, we recommend the following resources:

www.fashionrevolution.com 
GoodOnYou.eco -- website/app rating brands based on ethical practices
The True Cost (film) - free on Tubi
Slave to Fashion by Safia Minney
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L Cline
A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button
To Die For by Lucy Seigle
One of the most important sustainable fashion practices is preservation! When you care for your clothes properly, they’ll last you much longer, avoiding the landfills as well as the necessity to buy more -- kind to the earth and to your wallet.
Garment care tips for longevity:
  • Spot clean/wash your clothes less in general
  • Read and follow the care instructions on the tag
  • Hand wash delicate materials in cold water
  • Air dry (dryers are very harsh on most clothing!)
  • Repair tears and remove stains rather than tossing
  • Upcycle: Give clothes you already own new life! Tie-dye or bleach-dye, iron on patch (great to cover stubborn stains), add fringe or embellishments, or if you’re more skilled with a sewing machine, the internet is full of easy DIY upcycling tutorial videos.