TACOMA, Washington — Fast fashion is the cheap mass production of trendy clothing. Companies use cheap materials and labor in foreign countries to produce clothing following the latest trends. In recent years, fashion trends started coming and going at a much faster rate. People want to keep up to date with all of the trends but couldn’t afford to until this new industry started. As a result, people are able to wear clothes for a short period of time before moving onto the next new thing. While this can seem beneficial the negative effects of fast fashion are overwhelming.
The Negative Effects of Fast Fashion: Pollution
Fast fashion accounts for 10% of all carbon emissions in the world and is the second largest industry when it comes to pollution behind the oil industry. Fast fashion companies put out 150 billion clothing items every year. Since the materials of the clothes are cheap, people throw them away after only a few uses in exchange for new clothing.
Many chemicals that are used to make these cheap clothes end up in landfills and back in the environment after being thrown out. Another problem with the clothing is that when washed or thrown away, 500,000 tons of microfibers, or tiny pieces of non-biodegradable materials, end up in the oceans every year. Fast fashion is a major factor in the destruction and pollution of the environment. Thus, pollution is just one of the negative effects of fast fashion.
The Negative Effects of Fast Fashion: Workers’ Rights
The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC)