The fashion industry leaves an immensely destructive trail in its wake, from harmful pesticides used in growing and manipulating fabrics to the leached chemicals from toxic dyes; from the energy required to care for each article of clothing, to the landfill impact of worn-out clothes. Conventional cotton alone requires a third of a pound of chemicals to make just one t-shirt. How many t-shirts do you have sitting in your drawers?
The sustainability movement has built momentum over the last decade, but the fashion industry has been especially slow to address such concerns. The lag can partially be attributed to the fact that the goals of consumption and those of environmentally friendly fashion seem to be fundamentally at odds. Apparel companies have been profiting hugely from “fast fashion”; that is, selling low-cost garments whose shelf-life is, by design, short-lived. This business model is economically and environmentally unsustainable, and fashion houses and garment manufacturers in general need to make changes if they want to maintain growth and be successful in the future.
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