April 2023

THE PROBLEM WITH FAST FASHION YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT THE FASHION INDUSTRY ISN’T JUST GIVING US GLITZ AND GLAM, BUT CONTRIBUTES TO 10 PERCENT OF GLOBAL CARBON EMISSIONS. THAT’S AS MUCH AS THE EUROPEAN UNION! JAPANESE DESIGN THAT FOCUSES ON SUSTAINABILIT Y { } We are hearing more and more about climate change, pollution, and sustainability. While fast fashion makes the latest fashion trends affordable and readily available, it’s also a major culprit. It’s devastating our planet, filling landfills with last season’s looks, and polluting our air with endless manufacturing. From making the fabric to transporting the finished clothes across the world in a few days, it’s all contributing to global pollution. It takes about 700 gallons of water to make one cotton shirt. Cotton farms use pesticides, which can be unsafe for farmers and pollute water that runs off. We’re also using materials in clothes like microplastics that take a lot of energy and petroleum to make, and take hundreds of years to biodegrade. What are some ways we can solve this problem? One way is to use what we already have. We’ve seen consignment and second-hand stores rise in popularity. There are popular websites where people can make money selling their used items. There are also some interesting new ideas from the Japanese fashion industry. Traditional Japanese Kimono