Fast Fashion Just Isn’t It

Kristof Tacata-Fe, reporter

As the population grows, so does the demand for new materials, especially clothes. As consumers, we constantly walk around and ogle at the newest clothes. However, as we indulge and splurge in buying new clothes, slowly do we know we’re actually damaging our Earth.

Fast fashion is defined as “cheap trendy clothing that can be bought in stores or online relatively fast.” Companies like Uniqlo, H&M, Forever 21, and Shein are just a few contributors to the fast fashion industry. You’re probably wondering “What does this have to do with the destruction of our environment?”

In general, the fashion industry, specifically the creation of clothes, is responsible for putting the most carbon emission into our environment. This is more carbon emission than international flights, and our maritime shipping combined.

According to a study conducted by Princeton, at this rate, an increase of up to 50% in Greenhouse gas emissions is to be fully expected. Boxes these clothes come in aren’t properly disposed of, ending up on streets and landfills.

“I don’t often buy new clothes, I do every here and then but I try to be mindful,” Senior Kat Woolford said.

More and more people are realizing the destruction of fast fashion on our Earth, and looking into better, renewable options. Thrifting is one way to help combat this. A lot of people now see the value in thrifted clothes, some matching people’s aesthetics perfectly.

“Thrifting is super fun. My current shirt and jacket is thrifted and it’s comfy,” said Senior Kayman Shomer. It allows people to see the clothes people donate that they don’t want anymore, which other people may want. It’s an efficient way to recycle used clothes, making sure they have use and won’t end up in a landfill.

Some other good options are being mindful of where you buy your clothes.

Do research on the different clothing brands and be mindful of how many clothes you buy. Donate used or unwanted clothes to thrift stores, charities, or anywhere where those clothes will have value and use. Just because our population is growing doesn’t mean the carbon emissions in the air and the clothes that end up in landfills have to as well.

Some thrifted items can be great finds, like this early 2000’s ATHF shirt.

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