Many may think of “fast fashion” as clothing that one can get quickly, for cheap, and easy for someone to manufacture. While all of this may true, how often do we take a step back and look at the negative effects fast fashion has on our health? The truth, not enough.
It is recorded that “each year fast fashion uses 93 billion cubic meters of water, this meets the consumption of 5 million people”. Manufactures that use this quantity of water, takes away from the millions of people each year who go with out the needed amount; leaving people ill and malnourished. The people who are living near the manufacture are directly effected.
Individuals who are living near fast fashion manufactures are often surrounded by landfills that these companies use. Landfills that are commonly compacted with chemicals, bacteria, and waste – all of which leave particles in the air, easily consumed by civilians, resulting in serious health concerns.
So what can we do?
Although this industry cannot be taken down over night, taking steps to shop local, reuse clothing, take care of clothing, and eliminate throwing away clothing, can help prevent these landfills from growing. These steps will slim down the popularity of these fast fashion manufactures, getting rid of the high demands of these clothes, and stop the landfills from growing more. And in the end, saving people from being effecting by the chemicals that these landfills are attached to.