25 Reasons to Avoid Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is one of the most exploitative and unsustainable industries on the planet. Here are 25 reasons why you should avoid it.

  1. Cotton production, used mostly for fast fashion, almost drained an entire sea.
  2. Most fast fashion is made in sweatshop conditions.
  3. In 2013, 1,134 people died in a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh.
  4. The factory that collapsed was called Rana Plaza, and it was audited before the collapse and no workplace risks were identified.
  5. Child labour is commonplace in the fast fashion supply chain. Children can be doing things such as picking cotton in extreme heat or sewing in crowded factories.
  6. Most fast fashion brands do not pay their workers a living wage.
  7. Illegal overtime is commonplace with fast fashion brands. In Guangdong, China, female workers do 150 hours of overtime a month.
  8. It takes 2,720 litres of water to make a t-shirt. This how much an individual would drink over 3 years.
  9. Toxic dyes used in fast fashion garments pollute rivers and damage the health of those who rely on these water sources.
  10. Around 300,000 tons of unused clothing goes into landfill in the UK every year.
  11. It takes a polyester dress over 200 years to decompose in landfill.
  12. Most fast fashion is made of synthetic materials which release microfibres. These contaminate our oceans and hurt sea life.
  13. Over 80% of garment workers are women and they are often at risk of sexual abuse.
  14. In 2017 there were mass fainting’s of workers due to unbearable temperatures in a Cambodian factory manufacturing for western sports brands.
  15. Fast fashion is cruel to animals. One of the processes often involved in wool manufacturing is mulesing sheep which is extremely painful for them.
  16. Cotton, which is used often in fast fashion garments is mostly grown with pesticides which cause serious health issues for farmers and local communities.
  17. Most fast fashion brands outsource their manufacturing to third party companies, so they do not have to take responsibility or pay compensation if the factory is found to be dangerous.
  18. Fast fashion encourages us to consume more and more, which is dangerous when the planet has finite resources.
  19. Fast fashion brands have been known for stealing designs from independent designers without giving credit.
  20. Fast fashion brands have used slave labour. In factories in Jordan Victoria’s secret confiscated foreign workers passports so that they could not leave the factory.
  21. Fashion is responsible for 10% of global carbon footprint.
  22. Fast Fashion is responsible for 92 million tons of solid waste dumped in landfill each year.
  23. Fast fashion cultivates an uncaring attitude towards our clothes. The average consumer buys 60% more clothing than 15 years ago but each item is only kept half as long.
  24. Fast fashion often encourages unattainable body image ideals.
  25. The fashion industry produces 20% of global wastewater annually. Wastewater can contain chemicals that are harmful to human health.

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