4 Truths Fast Fashion Brands Don't Want You to Know About
If you have not heard of the term fast fashion, it's essentially low cost clothing that is constantly changing to copy current fashion trends. Big labels such as H&M, Zara, Forever 21, Uniqlo, and so on are brands that are considered fast fashion. While shopping for trendy pieces that are easy on the pockets is always a thrill, the documentary The True Cost digs deep at the truth and the ugly side of the fashion industry to uncover as to why these clothes come in so cheap. The film also reveals the working conditions of the workers who produce these garments and what really happens to the clothes we throw away. Here are some things you may have not known about fast fashion:
We have been consuming 500% more than the last two decades.
Our generation has been consuming so much more than the previous ones that the numbers show a 500% increase in consumption. Every year, about 80 billion clothes are being consumed. Yikes! This is all because of the rise of fast fashion which is both trendy and affordable.
Fast fashion is the second biggest polluter in the world.
Did you know that the fashion industry is the second biggest polluter in the world? Second only to oil! That's a really alarming fact! We have been buying and throwing away so much clothes that even thrift stores can't sell all of the clothes! The remaining items get thrown away in landfills and with textile taking (almost) 200 years to break down, the clothes just stack up and emit harmful fumes to our environment.
The workers producing these clothes are subjected to unsafe conditions.
In 1960, America used to produce 95% of their own clothing, but nowadays, that number has been greatly reduced to 3%, the rest being outsourced from a number of developing countries (primarily third world countries). Since fast fashion is mainly outsourced and manufactured in third world countries, workers are subject to unsafe working conditions. These workers suffer from factory fires, collapsing buildings and hazardous working environment due to chemicals in the factories, all the while receiving only less than $3 a day. Workers are beaten by their bosses if they start a union, all because of corporate greed.
We are potentially destroying our environment.
The film also tackled how our choices are affecting the environment as well. The cycle of how we consume and throw away clothes is so alarming that our landfills cannot contain the amount of clothes being brought in. Aside from that, companies have found new ways to speed up the process of producing cotton which in turn produces pesticide infused fields. Chemicals being dumped in waters of developing countries contaminate their drinking water and in turn, a massive increase in cancer and birth defects.
We know it might be a lot to take in, but it's never too late to make a change, Candy Girls! Fast fashion companies are now aware of the damage that they are bringing and have since been making changes in their supply chain and the ethics of their business. However, it is still up to us, the consumers to do our part if we want to contribute in stopping the consequences of fast fashion. There are a lot of other options out there such as thrift shopping, patching up your old clothes or even supporting local businesses! There are so many ways to still shop without harming the planet that we live in! Ultimately, the best thing that you can do, Candy Girls, is to consume LESS. Be more aware the next time you "need" to buy that trendy dress. While it may be "cheap," you can be sure that there’s someone out there is paying the price for it!
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I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.