With the evolving fashion industry, the world seems to be advancing fourfolds. However, the economy and environment are subtly paying the price of these increasing consumer demands. This article throws light on how unsustainable the present fashion world is and if there’s a ray of hope to end this crisis.
Fashion Industry: The Overlooked Global Impacts
The fashion industry across the globe has become a real mess. Footwear and apparel production account for around 8% of greenhouse gas emissions in the present day. We can also take it as the total European Union impact on the environment. This figure isn’t trivial to ignore the seriousness of fast fashion development.
Several analysts warn that the annual rise of around 5 percent of the fashion industry is likely to lead to a never-before-seen shoot in global warming. By 2030, we would reach 100 million tons of production level, which will cause an economic crisis throughout the globe. If these human activities continue, the greenhouse gases emitted from textile industries will increase by 60%. The UN highlighted the concern of the rising unsustainability because of the fashion industry and suggested quick action. The rivers in India, China, and Bangladesh have turned into wastewater bodies because of the effluents from factories. These transform into biologically dead zones where you can find several carcinogenic components in them. The flooding of food chains and water supply is a result of the tiny plastic microfibers.
Is Fast Fashion Leading To Labor Exploitation?
Fast fashion usually is consists of disposable, cheap clothing with seldom consideration for labor conditions and the environment. These companies include H&M, Zara, Forever 21, Fashion Nova, and Nasty Gal. It has become a disease. Both the people and this planet are paying a heavy price for their negligence. Alone, Zara churns out around eight hundred and forty million garments per year for its six thousand stores. The real issue is the sub-poverty wages it provides its workers. A worker who made a 19 dollar garment is paid only 19 cents for it.
How Does An Equitable Fashionopolis Look?
Such a fashion industry would look very different from the current scenario. People would no longer be visiting the appalling sweatshops in Vietnam. 26-year-old people who cannot have kids because they have to manage a factory would not be found. Instead of landfills full of clothes, you will have farms of organic cotton and indigo. Most of all, the divide between the cloth makers and their owners would considerably decrease. There shall be more accountability. Seas will have fewer containers of clothes falling into them because they won’t be shipped worldwide. Ideally, schools will start having sewing classes once again. It is for everyone to know how to sew a button and do trivial but important repairs. It is good for us and the planet. They say needlework can take you to the state where yoga does!
Secondhand Clothing: Moving Towards Sustainability
Secondhand clothing in the United States may rise triple in the next decade. This trend has the power to drastically alter fast fashion prominence. Fast fashion simply produced more clothing and encouraged consumers to buy more at lower rates.
Covid And Secondhand Clothing
Because the world’s economic condition dwindled due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, secondhand clothing is a much more affordable option. Moreover, people are also drifting towards improving the environment so deeply polluted by human activities. The main part of this new trend is that it limits excessive production, something this virus situation taught us to reduce our consumption, to cut loose whatever is non-essential. Therefore, many people want to purchase quality garments rather than hoarding their cupboards with clothes they may hardly wear. Putting quality over quantity, secondhand clothing over first hand cheap and disposable clothes is surely a good sign.
Despite the blind harm caused by the fashion industry, particularly fast fashion, to the environment and manpower, the growing demand for secondhand clothing is a healthy sign. Consumers have become mindful of the grave we are digging for ourselves by letting all the waste ruin the planet. Reuse is a great step towards sustainability. Although there is a long way for Fashionopolis to go, it is satisfactory to say that we are on the right track.