Fast fashion is a big deal. It has affected the environment in ways we might not even be aware of. In addition to these negative impacts, fast fashion collects money from other Third World countries where costs are higher and standards are lower. Today we are going to look at the ways fast fashion is affecting our environment through the use of donated clothes in an attempt to raise awareness, and ultimately prevent future environmental degradation.
Slow fashion—the act of not buying mass-produced clothing and instead choosing niche brands, vintage pieces, handmade goods, locally-produced materials, or sustainable international products—has been gaining popularity in recent years. This has brought to the forefront the issue of environmentalism, labor laws, and their inconsistencies in comparison to fast fashion.
Why should you care about slow fashion?
Because this puts more money in the pockets of people who already work hard to produce the goods we want to wear. And it gives young people around the globe the chance to develop their talent and work in an environment that cares about their existence rather than their profit margins.
How do you opt-out of this fast fashion system?
By choosing sustainable fashion. Fast fashion is not sustainable- it’s a system that relies on consumerism to make a fast profits. A 100% organic line means no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Think about what goes into producing these items: slave labor in third world countries where wages are paltry; dangerous chemicals like chlorine and ammonia used to clean cotton fabrics.
For that living paycheck-to-paycheck, secondhand shopping can be an excellent way to create purchases that will last. It can also be an excellent way to save money. When used responsibly, it can lead to greater overall well-being and financial security. Secondhand clothing is often cheaper than new, and usually made from quality materials, so you are getting something that is probably much better quality for a fraction of the price.