The fashion industry is now the second most polluting industry in the world. We need to collectively take action in ensuring that from 2017 onwards , we minimize this impact by taking the steps mentioned below.
The key to a greener planet is in your hands.
The production of clothes & accessories has a huge impact
on our planet. Although there are hundreds of repercussions of the Fashion Industry, below are the 4 core issues:
The underlying issue
The fashion industry has not always been as environmentally disastrous as it today. This change can clearly be blamed on the renaissance of Fast Fashion, which is structured around selling cheap clothing and inducing customers by constantly creating new trends.
Most Fast Fashion brands sell items for much cheaper than their competitors to make their customers purchase a larger quantity of cheaply produced products.
In order to create ultra cheap products , Fast Fashion companies outsource their production to foreign sweatshops where the laborers are subject to health and safety hazards, less than minimum wages, overtime working, and also underage employment.
Use Of Hazardous Materials
The materials used in most of the Fast Fashion production are rayon and nylon, known to be linked to nervous system damage, as they contain carcinogens and are toxic to various animals.
Most of the cheap clothes that are purchased do not last more than a few wears due to their low quality. This leads to a large amount of clothing to be discarded, thus leading to a massive amount of pollution.
Inclined to make a difference?
Most of us want to put an end to the environmental destruction caused by this industry but are not sure what we can do at a personal level. Below is a list of actionable steps that you can implement today.
Avoid Certain Materials
Some materials are more harmful than others. Avoiding certain toxic materials can really go a long way. Inquire before you purchase!
Quality Over Price
Don't be tempted to buy cheap clothes. They will fall apart after a few wears and are probably made of unsustainable materials.
Shop Second Hand
Thrift-shopping is great for the environment. Clothes get a new life, keeping them from filling landfills. Additionally, you save lots of money.
Spread the word
Tell your friends and family about this global crisis we are facing and educate them about the above steps.
Don't just throw your clothes in the trash even if they are promised to be recycled. Give your clothes to the right organizations.
Before purchasing something new, open Wardo to see whether you already own a similar item.
Together, we can make a more profound in stopping the insanity of the Fashion industry. Have an idea about how we could work together?
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