Fast fashion is the creation of runway-inspired designs using low-quality fabrics and mass production. The goal is quick turnaround to sell these designs while demand is high.

Fast fashion is also responsible for 8-10% of climate destruction between the manufacturing and textile waste. 

The means of production contribute to 20% of wastewater and almost 10% of global gas emissions. These emissions outweigh international air travel and maritime shipping combined. Discarded clothing is rarely recycled (less than 1%) and instead winds up in landfills, oceans, or is burned–like in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

We currently have enough clothing on the planet to dress the next six generations. These garments are mostly created in southeast Asia, where it costs less to produce these textiles. The US alone imports over 1B garments annually, just from China. Americans vontribute to the overconsumption of clothing: we now purchase five times more clothing than we did in 1980.

Individually, I think we could each potentially change our consumer behavior. Consider shopping consignment stores, online reseller apps, and thrift stores. Maybe purchasing less or investing in more high-quality, well-made items. Simple changes like this, coupled with advances in the transportation industry, will help us reduce and eventually reverse the harmful effects of climate change.

Believe in change. Believe in the possible.

Believe in me.