The post title would suggest that the writer hs already answered the question. So, perhaps it would be more objective to, first, ask if Fast Fashion does harm the environment?

What is Fast Fashion?

The dictionary definition of Fast Fashion is: inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends. Similarly, Fast fashion can be defined as cheap, trendy clothing, that samples ideas from the catwalk or celebrity culture and turns them into garments in high street stores at breakneck speed.

It is easy to assume that this fashion trend is a recent innovation. But, the roots of fast fashion can be traced back to the Industrial Revolution. With the advent of the sewing machine, dress-making shops began to emerge to cater for the middle-classes.

By the 1960s, young people were making and designing their own unique clothing. This individualism was a form of self-expression but it was not high fashion.

It wasn’t until the late 1990s that this form of mass-produced fashion hit the High Street.

The need for manufacturers to continue to produce more and more low-cost garments led to a drop in quality and safety. Cheaper garments need cheaper fabric and the cheaper fabric is poor quality.

Increased use of polyester, a fossil fuel product, toxic dyes, and harmful chemicals can lead to pollution of our oceans, rivers and air.

Man-made fabrics receive a lot of criticism in environmental damage. But, natural fibres are not free of problems. Natural fabrics come from plants and agriculture uses huge quantities of water. Increasing the yield from plants involves the use of chemical fertilizers and pest control.

How is polyester made?

There are different types of polyester. Polyester was developed in the years 1939-1941 by British chemists at Calico Printers Association, Ltd.

Polyester is made up of long-chain polymers. Today there are two primary types of polyester called polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and poly-1, 4-cyclohexylene-dimethylene (PCDT).

However, the manufacturing process requires vast quantities of both gas and electricity. Indeed, a recent television documentary claimed that the gas processing plant, in Grangemouth, Scotland, uses the same amount of power as the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen combined.

That is a mind-boggling amount of power, to produces plastic!

The cost of disposal

The one big downside to this trend in fashion is the cost of disposal. These mass-produced garments become temporary novelties.  To be worn once or twice and then thrown away. They are often not even laundered. That is how short their shelf-life is.

These cheap fabrics cannot be easily reused or recycled. They are discarded and added to our ever-increasing mound of waste.

Waste disposal is an ever-present problem. These compounds take centuries to break down and incineration uses power and produces greenhouse gases.

The cost of transportation

Many of these low-cost garments are produced at the opposite side of the planet to that where they are used. This involves huge logistic operations and even bigger transport operations.

Immense container ships constantly circumnavigate the planet to feed our unquenchable desire for the latest fashion fix.

I feel as I did at the outset, that fast fashion is indeed harming our environment.

Saving our Planet

I fear that we may have left it too late to right the wrongs of mankind. Everything we do is harming our world in one way or another.

And, if you believe the planetary scientists, planet Earth has been doomed from the start. The sun will eventually become a Red Giant, at which point it will consume Earth.

However, in normal circumstances, this would take millions of years. But with man’s help, climate change will cook us long before then.

But, if we all do a little, we can delay the inevitable. We can switch to electric cars. Using fewer aerosol sprays reduces the release of CFCs that damage the ozone layer.

We can eat less meat. Livestock produces large quantities of methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas.

Enjoy fashion

black-white-dress

This double colour A-line midi dress is the perfect look for the chic plus size lady. The sweat heart neck and cut sleeves work with contrast shoulder straps. The pockets with flaps are set with waist trims.

An affordable and easily laundered polyester fabric that is sure to suit your every situation.

This should not be thought of as fast fashion, because this is a dress you will want to keep and wear at every opportunity.

Of course, not all fashionable things are bad for the planet. There are other far more pressing issues like why disabled fashion is changing for the better.

References

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How is Polyester made

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