The Environmental Impact
of Fast Fashion
It is well known that the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, causing serious damage not only to the environment but also to parts of our planet and many countries. In recent years, the environmental impact of the fashion industry has increased dramatically. This is primarily due to the fact that with the advent of fast fashion – the process of making clothes as quickly as possible, cheaper, and usually of lower quality -, the clothing production cycle has accelerated to the point that consumers can shop until they buy their own.
At first glance, fast fashion might seem like a great solution for the entire industry, since at such low prices, everyone can enjoy changing trends without damaging their wallet. However, these fast cycles of production and consumption of fashionable apparel are causing disruptions, including increased textile waste, from production and consumption to recycling. In addition, the fashion and textile industries use large volumes of water, energy, chemicals, and raw materials throughout the supply chain, so the value of the earth’s natural resources is increasing. To make matters worse, during the manufacture of clothing, significant amounts of chemical pollutants, carbon dioxide, and other toxic substances enter the water, soil, and air.