How often do you buy clothe? Nowadays the fashion trends are changing in highest speed ever. Recently, I watched a TV program called "War on Waste", which talked about waste caused by the fast fashion. In this entry I would like to discuss if the fast fashion is good for society or not.
The fast fashion is defined as “inexpensive designs that move quickly from the catwalk to stores to meet new trends.” The TV program was one sided to the fast fashion in which is bad for society. However, I think that the fast fashion have good side to it as well, so I would like to consider few pros and cons of fast fashion.
In my opinion, when considering the advantage of fast fashion, for the consumers there are two main advantages. The first advantage for the consumer is price, another merit of fast fashion for consumer is variety of fashions. The system of fast fashion decreased the price of clothing significantly. So today, people can buy clothe as cheap as ten dollars. It is financially friendly for most of people and in the shop there are always new good looking clothes.
On the other hand, the fast fashion industry causes unbelievable scale of damage to the environment and children. Making clothes cost many of resources. For example, 2700L of water is required to make one shirt, which is enough for one person to drink for three years. When the tread changes as fast as a week people start buying clothes more often and throw them away clothes as fast as they buy them. As a surprisingly depressing example of environmental damage, a whole inland sea in Kazakhstan was dried up. Even though these resources are costed to make a clothes, they end up in landfill after worn for couple of times. Child labour is widely used in fast fashion industry as cheap labour. They have poor working environment. The work is stopping them from getting educated helping their household.
In total I think the negative side of fast fashion outweigh the merit of fast fashion for large extent. If you are the one who buy clothes weekly, ask yourself a question “Is it worth sacrificing children and environment for the sake of cheap clothe? If you have any opinion on this entry, feel free to leave comments. See you next time.