By Carson Yenchar
Fast fashion is a term used when fashion trends make a quick transition from the catwalk to your local stores. It makes getting new styles of clothing more efficient and keeps you up to date on the current trend circulating throughout the world. What people don’t realize, however, is that the environment is heavily affected by the increasing demand for new fashions to update your wardrobe.
According to an article from Forbes, “12.8 million tons of clothing are sent to landfills in the US every year,” which equals about a football field of discarded clothes laying waste on our planet. Another fact from this article states, “The fashion industry’s CO2 emissions are projected to increase by more than 60% to nearly 2.8 billion tons per year by 2030,” which only brings more pollution to intoxicate the air. Not to mention, all of Earth’s resources are made to make these new articles of clothing, and the more these resources are used, the more scarce they become.
According to another article from the Prospect Journal, “ Cotton is used in around 40 percent of clothes but it requires vast amounts of resources to even be created,”. If cotton were to become scarce, then the production of clothing would get that much more complicated. Another interesting fact from this article includes, “The production of a single shirt can require up to 2700 litres of water,” and because of the increasing need for cotton, the water supplied to grow the cotton has steadily decreased to dangerously low depths. All these resources necessary to sustain life are being depleted because of our constant needs as a consumer in society.
Buying new clothes can satisfy a person, but what happens once we get tired of them? Are we just going to throw them away and cause more harm to our planet? Instead of following the latest trend, however difficult it might be, try mixing up your own wardrobe for a change. There are ways to mix and match shirts, pants, and other articles of clothing to make your own unique style. So let’s protect our planet from the extinction of our natural resources and learn to reuse our own clothing!