April 26, 2017

Fast Fashion πŸ‘•

 Hello! It's Julia. So last week at school, an Earth committee that Stella and I are apart of planned a bunch of things for the students to celebrate earth week. Every year there's a theme, and for this year we chose to talk about the fast fashion industry. I thought it would be cool to talk to you guys about the same thing. You might be wondering what fast fashion is, it's simply inexpensive clothing that is designed in a way that will fall apart quickly so that consumers have to go back to stores and purchase again. Another question you might have is how it's bad for the environment ? Well, first it means that we are throwing out more clothing. According to Value village (a second hand store), Canadians produce 10.5 million tons of textile waste per year. We also have to keep in mind that the fashion is the second most polluting industry after oil. That means the more we buy, the more we contribute to that pollution. Countries like, China or India, where most of this clothing is manufactured also don't have many laws protecting the environment. For example, to power their factories they are allowed to use extensive amounts of "dirty energy", such as coal, which creates green house gas emissions. This is one of the reasons why there is a layer of "brow cloud" that hangs over the northern Indian Ocean and parts of South Asia. Companies situated in these parts of the world are also allowed to dump untreated toxic water into rivers and streams. Another thing to remember is that cotton needs a lot of water, for example it takes 400 gallons of water to make one cotton shirt and 1,800 gallons to make one pair of jeans. So again, having to repurchase more clothing because it keeps on falling apart contributes to this water consumption. This is all awful, and it's not even to mention the ways to workers are treated. Now I'll will list the top 5 stores to avoid because they are know to produce fast fashion.
1. H&M
2. Zara
3. Top shop 
4. Forever 21
5. Gap
Thank you guys so much for reading, tomorrow we'll post some ways you all could help!

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