Fast fashion, the rapid production of cheap clothes to follow the latest trends, is a disaster for the environment and contributes to disempowering poor women, reports Ayesha Barenblat of Forbes. The clothes produced tend to be low-quality and will end up in landfills within a short period. Here the chemicals and dyes in them pollute soil and groundwater. The women that produce these clothes in poor countries can be as young as 14, make less than $3 a day, work 14-hour days and are subjected to sexual harassment. The fashion industry’s creation of CO2 is predicted to grow at a rate of 60% by 2030. Fast fashion is dangerous.
While fast fashion, the production of clothes at low prices and high speeds, hurts its workers and the environment, new methods are emerging to make it more ethical, writes Elizabeth Segran of Fast Company. First off, the trend of fast fashion is unlikely to go away as consumers want to have access to the latest trends quickly. However, making consumers understand that buying a $5 T-shirt from a big brand likely involved suffering, they may appreciate the items more, learning to not see clothes as disposable but to hold onto them for longer. There are many new companies emerging that are creating more ethical and sustainable fast fashion supply chains.