Why Fast Fashion Is Bad For The Environment And Human Rights?
We all love a good deal. I’m sure at some point we’ve all had that moment of weakness where we just had to have that Rs 500 top from Forever 21. Or maybe that Rs 1500 dress from H&M. We tell ourselves “I’ll wear it a ton, I promise!” And while we may wear it a few times, it inevitably ends up in the back of our closet with the tags still on it, or we get sick of it and donate it after a month. This is the problem with fast fashion.
Intentionally created to be cheap and trendy, fast fashion is one of the most harmful industries to both the environment and human rights. The garments are made quickly and cheaply, oftentimes in developing countries where labor is cheap and there are few regulations.
This results in sub-par quality clothing that doesn’t last, which in turn creates mountains of textile waste. In fact, according to one study, the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year! And according to the current data, Large textile hubs in the India can produce up to 45,000 meters of fabric waste on a daily basis.
Not only is fast fashion bad for the environment, but it’s also harmful to the workers who are paid next to nothing to mass produce these garments. Oftentimes, they are working in unsafe conditions with long hours and little rest.
Unfortunately, due to the way fast fashion operates, it can be difficult to avoid buying into it. We’re constantly bombarded with images of celebrities and models wearing the latest trends, and retailers make it so easy (and cheap!) to buy into these trends.
The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, and the problem is only getting worse. Companies like Sass Obsessed are working to combat this problem by creating sustainable fashion products from recycled materials.
However, sustainability is not easy; it requires dedication and continuous innovation. We need to keep fighting for a more sustainable future for our planet—and our fashion choices can make a big difference.