Fast Fashion Creates Fast Problems

By Chelsea Coley , AGE 9

Image by Rio Lecatompessy on Unsplash

Even though plenty of people like fast fashion, it is bad for the environment and for the workers who make it. The fashion industry makes these clothes quickly and cheaply, following the trends. People like to buy the clothes because they’re cheap and cute, and they want to be on trend. The problem is that making these clothes wastes a lot of water. And the dyes that are used pollute the water. 

Fast fashion became a big issue in the 1990s and the 2000s, and it’s still a huge problem. Most of the workers who make fast fashion work in Asia, and 80% are women. They get very low pay and work in very bad conditions. For example, a factory collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013, killing 1,000 workers. Many work from home and are not protected by labor laws. 

To help solve this problem, customers could stop buying fast fashion from brands like H&M, Shein, Zara, Temu and Topshop. Instead, they could buy high-quality clothing and start reusing their clothes, by shopping at thrift stores and trading clothing with friends. Donating clothes may seem like a solution, but half of donated clothes go to richer people, and the rest go to poor countries but often end up as waste.  

People have the power to make a difference by opting for sustainable shopping alternatives, such as investing in high-quality clothes and thrifting at second-hand shops. By rejecting cheap, trend-driven garments and accessories, and advocating for ethical practices, consumerism can contribute to a positive shift in the fashion industry, fostering a future style that does not come at the price of our planet or the well-being of workers. Through informed choices and collective action, everyone can work together toward a more sustainable and equitable fashion landscape. 

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