The Environmental Costs of Fast Fashion – Patsy Perry

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/environment-costs-fast-fashion-pollution-waste-sustainability-a8139386.html 

The below article talks about the effects of fast fashion and how difficult it is for people to keep onto their clothing for a long time as the temptation of new fashion constantly filling shop rails. It touches on the pollutants involved in the making of these textiles, including; dye, which is the second largest pollutant, and the amount of fresh water needed within each production stage. Another factor that is introduced is the popularity of polyester garments, these garments are bad for the environment as they damage the environment during production and also when they are washed in a washing machine they shed micro plastic fibres. These micro fibres hurt marine life when they are ingested by these fish and in turn the plastic is then ingested by humans once we eat the fish.

Increased disposable income has resulted in individuals no long opting to repair damaged clothing but instead choose to buy new items, disposing of not longer desired items. Figure 34 shows the true extent of these textiles going to waste after use. This is a huge amount of wasted material that ends up being disregarded fair away from the consumers sight. The author of this article suggests that the best way to combat these issues is by keeping our clothing for longer and to buy less things to reduce waste. I agree with this point as it is a great tactic to tackle the issues caused by fast fashion. By reducing the amount of clothing bought, reduces the demand for clothing that results in reduction of production, reduction of transportation of these products and a reduction in plastic used for hangers, shopping bags and packaging. This idea of repairing and holding on to products for more than 5 minuets

 

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