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Slow Down with Slow Fashion

Did you know fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, right behind oil?  We didn't either until we watched The True Cost, a documentary about the fashion industry.

With the rise of fast fashion brands like Forever 21, H & M, and Zara, we've transitioned from 2-4 fashion seasons a year to 52 seasons and the impacts on the environment and garment workers have been devastating.    

The global production of textile fibers consumes 1 trillion gallons of water, 33 trillion gallons of oil, and 20 billion pounds of chemicals annually.   Many of these chemicals are creating significant health problems for the people living in cities where they're being used.  Additionally, the average American now generates 82 pounds of textile. That adds up to more than 11 million tons of textile waste from the U.S. alone (most of which is not biodegradable and releases harmful chemicals in to the atmosphere).

Aside from the massive environmental impact, garment workers are consistently exploited in terms of cheap labor and human rights.  Only 2% of apparel companies source from suppliers that pay their workers a fair living wage, and many are forced into unsafe working conditions like the Bangladesh factory collapse that killed over 1,100 and injured over 2,500.

The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.  It is time to take a stand by shopping responsibly.  The slow fashion movement advocates for fair treatment of employees, reduced emissions, and avoidance of excessive consumption by buying fewer, high quality garments instead of disposable ones.

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