Fast Fashion Pollutes. Lets address this today in this post.
This is not news nor is it groundbreaking, but it is ground polluting. Truly it is, so please excuse my pun. This is serious business and the overarching effects are not considered by many. Our distracted society is not focused on how their consuming habits are choking the planet, and this pertains to fashion, food, energy and every resource. But lets concentrate today on clothing, since I am a style blogger.
Some times we need images to make a point and to whit, I am pictured below in my mostly second-hand clothing. My bag makes one point quite well.
Fast Fashion Pollutes and is a threat to our environment.
The full extent of this is rarely discussed. It is the dirty little secret of the fast fashion world.. Think of the resources used to create a product that is worn for ever shorter seasons, and then likely ends up in landfills. As fast fashion speeds up style trends, a garment you purchase to be trendy, can feel dated in less that 3 months. I touched on this subject in a recent post.
A consumer’s need to conform to fashion dictums is wreaking havoc with our planet.
WE OPT TO RECYCLE, AND THAT IS A GOOD STEP, AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR MANY PRODUCTS, ESPECIALLY PLASTICS. BUT FOR CLOTHING, THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT MOST DONATED CLOTHES END UP IN LANDFILLS. ONCE THERE, IT POLLUTES- AS MUCH OF IT IS SYNTHETIC AND DOES NOT DEGRADE EFFICIENTLY. WHAT IT DOES DO, RATHER WELL I MIGHT ADD, IS LEACH TOXINS INTO THE SOIL. CANCER RATES WILL RISE FROM THIS ALONE.
According to Newsweek in 2016 almost 200,000 tons of textiles go to the dump every year from the city. It boggles the mind to even try to envisage that quantity. Let me provide two images to drive this point home. From onegreenplanet.org. this image speaks volumes and the source provides good data.
More compelling information is from this magazine. I urge YOU to read it.
Visualize how fast fashion pollutes.
From this source we learn that :
Since 2000, according to Vice News, global clothing production has more than doubled in volume, the average consumer buys 60% more clothing every year, and keeps those clothing items for about half as long as they did approximately 15 years ago. This alarming trend continues to escalate as consumers trash their clothing at an increasing rate.
I don’t want to Shop Shame, now theres a term to tweet, but we should know how fast fashion pollutes and learn to be more mindful. Indeed I am quite the shopper myself. Some tips that I recommend .
- Buy high quality that will endure
- care for our clothing as the valuable resource it is
- know that when you donate clothes, it may be trashed , so please donate clean clothing
- invest in closet space when possible to keep clothing , as trends come and go
- when you get a yen for a new trend fix, shop vintage or second hand first
The first step to address this problem is to understand it. Fast Fashion pollute, but is here to stay and it does make clothing more affordable.
Many years ago I used to volunteer at a thrift store and the hospital it was affiliated with. I was shocked to see all of the donated clothing that was put in the dumpster. Many of us would wash and try to repair the clothing so it could be sold. I am actually quite the laundress!
Below another snap to take us back to the light hearted. Sort of, as at least I am smiling. My Old Navy skirt was shifted for $4.00 in Bridgehampton. My leather bag was thifted at a cancer shop in Westchester. I have worn each of these items about 100 times. I am no saint though, I do have items I seldom wear, but I certainly enjoy wearing them on those rare occasions- the special ones that punctuate a life.
I carry this bag with me for errands and avoid using plastic bags. First conserve, then recycle!
WE CAN AND SHLOUD ENJOY FASHION AS A MEANS OF SELF EXPRESSION. CLOTHING, AND THE ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THEM, SHOULD BE REGARDED, AND CARED FOR. WHEN POSSIBLE, OPT FOR SLOW FASHION AND ENDURING QUALITY. FAST FASHION POLLUTES AND EACH ONE OF US CAN MINIMIZE THEIR PORTION OF THAT, BY SIMPLY BEING MINDFUL AND SLOWLY CHANGING OUR SHOPPING HABITS.
EXPLORE FASHION TRENDS AND DELVE INTO THE CREATIVE EXPRESSION THAT A GOOD WARDROBE CAN PROVIDE. BUT PLEASE ENJOY FASHION RESPONSIBLY!
I recommend these bloggers for inspiration on how to incorporate vintage, up-cycled clothing and accessories and look fabulous: SUZANNE, who also has an well curated ETSY shop, MELANIE, CHERIE , JODIE , JESS , PATTI , SHEILA , and GLENDA . I promise you will be in awe of their content!
THANKS FOR READING!