Fast Fashion And Its Effects

Fast Fashion And Its Effects

Abby Stehle

Fast Fashion has become an overwhelming problem in today’s world. To avoid spending a fortune on back to school clothes, or new trends, consumers will often turn to brands like Shein, H&M, Forever 21, etc to purchase new clothing items. While these brands tend to have clothing with lower prices, the price of the manufacturing and selling of these products is astronomical. Environmentally and socially, these brands have detrimental effects on the world.

The fashion industry is ever changing, with new trends cycling in and out very quickly. To keep up with trends, fast fashion brands are constantly manufacturing new clothing to sell. This alone is extremely problematic, causing many problems. First of all, the manufacturing of clothing has had terrible effects on the environment. To manufacture one pair of jeans uses 1,900 gallons of water, so just imagine how many gallons of water are being used per day to manufacture jeans alone. 

Socially, fast fashion is doing its share. According to greenbiz.com, the working conditions for textile workers are horrible. Wages are extremely low for those working in the textile factories, approximately earning $96 a month. This is nowhere near the amount they need to be paid, and are more than likely living in poverty. There have also been reports of forced child labor working in these factories in countries like Brazil, the Philippines, India, etc. 

Some ways to help the current situation fast fashion has out the world into is to buy clothes second hand, buying from online places like Poshmark or Depop, or go to Goodwill or Salvation army.