The idea of constantly updating our wardrobes has only grown. Access and price make it simple and approachable for a large swath of the population to purchase new clothing items with great regularity. As for the old clothes that fall out of favor, reselling or donating clothes is just as easy. There is, of course, the unseen landfill as well. The arm of the fashion industry known as “fast fashion”—the clothes the average person buys—is driving big profits, the demand has led to poor working conditions and widespread pollution.
The following list looks at the many factors that contribute to the current infrastructure of fast fashion, including showing how the trends are orchestrated to focus on certain populations (while ignoring others), as well as providing some hope for how consumers can make more informed choices about the clothes they buy.
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