Author Elisa Keur
Today, I’m taking you to the world of slow and ethical fashion. If you’ve read my previous blog, you now know that fast fashion is produced without regard for the production workers (mostly women in third world countries) and the environment (all those chemicals and excessive water use!), and only adds to the trash pile (clothes that aren’t sold have to go somewhere, right?). The unsold items that are not thrown away, are simply burned, and that’s a massive waste of resources.
Lately, there has been a lot of fuzz about fast fashion and its devastating impact on the environment. But what constitutes as fast fashion, why is it such a problem, and what can we do to diminish its impact?
What is fast fashion, you ask? Fast fashion constitutes cheap clothes or shoes of low quality, with a high turnover rate. Nowadays, you can shop new items at H&M, Zara or Primark every day. Buy now or cry forever, because tomorrow it’s gone. New trends emerge every other week or month, instead of every other season or year.
Another Fashion Week has come and gone! From April 22nd to April 28th, it was Fashion Revolution Week and during this week, we asked fashion brands one burning question: who made my clothes?
Six years ago, on April 24th, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1135 people and causing over 2500 causalities. It soon became obvious that many Western clothing brands used this unsafe factory to produce its products. The collapse turned out to be the tip of the iceberg: it soon became apparent that many garment factories were unsafe, workers...
I have always loved fashion and shopping, and, until recently, I didn’t really realize the impact of my habits. When I became more interested and engaged in the sustainability movement, I learned more and more about the impact of the fashion industry on the environment. As you probably know, that impact is huge. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, and with the rise of fast fashion, the pollution and waste only worsen.
Recent research by Sympany and the...
Last week, ABN AMRO, together with the Dutch Impact Institute, published a report on the true cost of jeans. It turns out that the jeans we buy are €33 too cheap.
If the price of our jeans were to compensate for all social and environmental costs, they’d be €33 more expensive. This is a direct result of all the fast fashion we’re buying: the clothes have to be so quickly and cheaply produced that there is no regard for worker, environment, or quality.
In my previous blog, I explained about fast...
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