Do you shop at Primark, H&M, Forever 21 or Zara? Do you think about where these clothes come from, or who makes them? Well, maybe you should start thinking about where your clothes come from because it is very important. The clothes from these big chain stores often come from factories outside of the United States and are made by workers who are underpaid and overworked. According to the documentary “The True Cost,” one in six people work in the global fashion industry, a majority being women, and earn less than $3 a day.
Today’s consumers live in a world of fast fashion. Merriam Webster dictionary defines fast fashion as the creation and marketing of fashion trends that are made cheaply and quickly available to customers. In other words, cute clothes that won’t last long. Huffington Post reports that the average person keeps their clothes for only 35 days.
Fast fashion is not good because it leads people to throwing away a lot of their clothes because they are no longer in style or were damaged quickly. In fact, in 2016, the Huffington Post reported that the average American tosses out 81 pounds of clothing each year.
Young people need to realize that fast fashion is harming the environment by being the second biggest polluter of clean water, according to Huffington Post. They also say, “The global cotton industry uses more pesticides than any other crop in the world.” This is something young people need to worry about so that we can change this in the future and stop harming the environment.
When you’re out shopping, remember that stores like H&M and Primark have sustainable clothing lines. According to an article on Marie Claire, “H&M’s Conscious collection uses recycled products.” Once you no longer find your clothes “fashionable,” don’t throw them away—instead, consider donating them instead to places such as Rosie’s Place, Boomerangs, and the Goodwill Store.