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Fast Fashion

The High Price For Cheap Clothes

Cascade Social Issues

on 8 June 2016

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Transcript of Fast Fashion

The Problem With Cotton
Aral Sea Disaster:
Our Dyeing Environment
Did you know that you were contributing to the second largest polluter in the world?

The High price for Cheap Clothes

How many of you have bought clothing from one of these stores?
Clothing manufacturing
is a complicated process
Raw materials
Textile manufacture
(toxic dyes, water waste and pollution)
Clothing construction
(fossil fuels)
Retail & use
(fast fashion)
Fisheries and Communities Dried Up
Water level of the Aral Sea is less than 10% of what it was 50 years ago
Dust is filled with contaminants
What is
Fast Fashion?
A term used to describe cheap and affordable clothes which are the result of catwalk designs moving into stores in the fastest possible way in order to respond to the latest trends
Cotton Statistics:
-Only 2.4% of the world's croplands are planted with cotton, but it uses A LOT of pesticides
(10% of the world's agricultural chemicals)
-Most commonly used natural fiber and 40% of our clothing
-it uses A LOT of water. It can take more than 5,000 gallons of water to make a t-shirt and a pair of jeans
Fast Fashion
-Half a trillion gallons of fresh water are used in dyeing textiles each year
- This water, often untreated, is dumped into nearby rivers.
The Citarum River Crisis
-Located in Indonesia, the Citarum River is one of the most polluted rivers in the world.
-68% of the factories on the river are textile producers
-the pollution affects 5 million people living in the river basin
Pollution in the Citarum River
Children swimming in the polluted water
Chemical dyes being dumped in the river
Testing for lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxins
Shipping and Transport
-From beginning to end, your clothes travel a lot and use a lot of fossil fuels to do it.

-Raw materials are shipped to manufacturers and then shipped again to get to store.
-It takes a lot of fuel to power a container ship!
A single ship can produce as much cancer and asthma-causing pollutants as 50 million cars in just one year!
They consume tons of gallons of fuel per hour!
The pollutants are beginning to affect the health of those living in coastal regions....like Seattle!!!
Crude Oil Clothing
-70 million barrels of oil used to make the polyester and nylon used in fabrics each year
-these synthetic materials are not biodegradeable
-even recyled polyester made from plastic bottles is 'greenwashed' and takes a lot of oil and labor
- synthetic microfibers washed down the drain from washing machines are finding their way to shorelines and oceans.
An example of plastic and microfiber debris collected from a polluted shoreline.
What can you do?
-buy consignment, second hand, vintage clothes or pop some tags at the....
- learn to sew or hire a tailor
- be mindful when shopping. Avoid impulsive purchases.
-think and buy quality over quantity.

(A $5 shirt isn't really a good deal when you think of what it does to the environment.)
- donate clothes when you are done with them
The clothes may be cheap, but there is a cost!
(toxic fumes, unsafe work conditions)
-Elizabeth Cline,
author of Overdressed
"Buy what you need,
buy things that you love,
and take care of what you own"
Sweeny, Glynis. "It's the Second Dirtiest Thing in the World - And You're Wearing It." Alternet. 13 Aug.2015. 5 May. 2016.
http://www.fashionista.com: Overdressed's Author Gives Us 8 Tips On How to Avoid the Fast Fashion Frenzy and Still Not Spend a Ton on Clothes. 8 May. 2016.
Thank you for watching!
Please send a comment to cascadesocialissues@gmail.com!
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