What’s the problem with fast fashion?
Our society’s addiction to fast fashion is having a devastating effect on the climate and people living in poverty.
According to Fashion on Climate, the fashion industry contributes approximately 2.1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year – that’s equivalent to four per cent of all global emissions.
Overconsumption is at the heart of the problem. Big brands are producing garments at a rapid pace and it is people living in poverty who are paying the price – like garment workers in Bangladesh, and people in places like Ghana and Chile who are contending with mountains of fashion waste from around the world.