Why fast fashion is bad for people and planet

The overabundance of fast fashion — readily available, inexpensively made clothing — has created an environmental and social justice crisis, a study claims. 

Globally, 80 billion pieces of new clothing are purchased each year, translating into $1.2 trillion annually for the fashion industry, according to the study published in ‘Environmental Health’. The majority of these products are assembled in China and Bangladesh, while the US consumes more clothing and textiles than any other country in the world, the researchers said. 

“From the growth of water-intensive cotton, to the release of untreated dyes into local water sources, to worker’s low wages and poor working conditions, the environmental and social costs involved in textile manufacturing are widespread,” said Christine Ekenga, an assistant professor at the Washington University. 

“This is a massive problem. The disproportionate environmental and social impacts of fast fashion warrant its classification as an issue of global environmental injustice,” Ekenga said. 

The study shows that negative consequences at each step of the fast-fashion supply chain have created a global environmental justice dilemma, researchers said. 

“While fast fashion offers consumers an opportunity to buy more clothes for less, those who work in or live near textile manufacturing facilities bear a disproportionate burden of environmental health hazards,” they said.....Read more


Source web page: Economic times

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