Fast fashion is a relatively novel concept to humankind; generations before us searched far and wide for unique pieces boasting opulent fabrics that were guaranteed to stand the test of time. Today, the fashion industry is fundamentally split into two: designer versus high street. And while the former is certainly no angel, the sheer pace by which high street fashion is produced is comparably more worrisome, often bringing with it questions about cheap, often unfair labour and environmentally detrimental processes.
When it comes to fashion waste, we must think of land, sea and sky: our landfills are inundated with unwanted garments that take centuries to break down; our waters have become contaminated with synthetic textile dyes and marine life is affected by microfibres; and our air is increasingly filled with CO2 emissions from garments, with polyester being the most glaring of offenders.
A change in attitude needs to follow, stat! We need to slow down and acknowledge the repercussions of fast fashion. Try shopping your own closet, buying pre-loved items, saving for fewer, higher quality pieces, borrow or swap items with friends, and always make sure to donate unwanted clothing to reputable sources. Turn your attention to biodegradable fashion, which uses environmentally-friendly dyes and sustainable fabrics that decompose naturally far quicker.