The dark secrets of the fast fashion industry


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Fast fashion clothes are everywhere

Fast fashion is cheap and trendy clothing that is a marketing method focused on rapidly producing high volumes of clothing. With trends changing and clothing going in and out of style, the industry helps people keep up with these trends at a lower budget. Fast fashion sounds great in its most simple definition, but as you look into it more, the industry is responsible for many environmental problems, as well as human and child labor.

This industry is responsible for many environmental issues that face the Earth today. According to Business Insider, “Fashion production comprises 10% of total global carbon emissions, which is as much as the European Union.” Carbon emissions, or commonly referred to as greenhouse gases, have far-ranging effects on the environment and the health of people around the world. The gases trap heat, which contributes to climate change, as well as cause smog and air pollution which can affect the health of many people.

The concern of working conditions and ethical sources in the fashion industry is nothing new. With many fast fashion companies using international workshops, comes the concern of the human labor laws in those nations. In an article by The Good Trade, it stated, “…children under the age of 18 were allegedly forced through a government transfer program to work in the Longfa Shoe Factory in China’s southeastern Guangdong Province, which is owned by Taiwan-based Dean Shoes CO.Ltd., a supplier of footwear to Nike, Inc.”

Forced human labor or sometimes called “modern day slavery” is when individuals are compelled to work and provide services with getting little to no pay. According to,  “24.9 million people are involved in forced labor around the world. India, China and Pakistan are the top three countries with forced labor workers.”

People around the world are starting to take notice of the issues that face the fast fashion industry. Sophomore Mia Andersen commented on the issue, “I used to buy clothes off of websites like Shein, Forever 21 and Fashion Nova. Once I started to realize the issues that the industry is causing I decided to stop buying from these brands and I start to order from sustainable brands.”

The fast fashion industry has its pros and cons, just like many industries in the world. Fixing these issues that face the environment and victims of the forced labor, should become this industries top priority