We interviewed consumers about ethical fashion choices - they were well intentioned but overwhelmed. There are, however, some good sources of information for conscious shoppers.
A ThredUp sorting facility in Phoenix.
Fast fashion is far from green. But the rapid expansion of online clothing resale platforms could help shrink the garment industry's negative impact on the environment.
Coronavirus has shifted the mood in society, and the fashion industry should strike while the iron is hot.
The outdoor clothing retailer Patagonia encourages customers to co-create value through repair workshops, clothing swaps, and more.
The social and environmental costs of rampant consumerism are becoming ever clearer, and we’re all encouraged to use less and recycle more, but how can we shift more sustainable model?
The Oscars red carpet saw two glamorous examples of couture that is better for the planet - but were they truly sustainable?
The choice of sneaker often expresses its wearer’s desires, dreams and aspirations.
The meeting of canvas and rubber that began in the 1830s still inspires crowds to queue for the latest pair. Sneakers are now big business and high fashion.
Your fashion choices can help build a sustainable future – here's how.
XR fashion protests in April 2019.
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There is no solution to the unethical, unsustainable fashion industry – yet
Textile waste a major source of landfill and pollution.
While fashion companies and governments are making commitments to reduce fashion waste, consumers have an opportunity to push them to act more quickly.
Zara says it will only use sustainable textiles in the future to do its part in the climate crisis. This image is from a Zara shop in Singapore, 2019.
Zara, a fast-fashion clothing company, recently pledged to produce its line using only sustainable textiles. But it is not enough to curb the company's significant impact on climate change.
Fast fashion doesn’t have to end up in landfill.
A new clothing recycling process can counter the environmental costs of fast fashion.
Making more sustainable fashion choices doesn't require a massive lifestyle change.
Consumers are only benefitting from cheap clothes at considerable cost to the environment and by exploitation of a poor, vulnerable garment workers.
Visible mending places clothing at the centre of a protest movement.
Sewers with attitude are tackling fast fashion one stitch at a time.
Think of what your clothes are doing to the planet.
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Water pollution, toxic chemical use and textile waste: fast fashion comes at a huge cost to the environment.
You probably don’t remember the Kathie Lee sweatshop scandal of the mid-1990s. What about the more recent debacles?
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People who see themselves as conscientious consumers often buy items made by companies that violate their values because it's hard to keep that information in mind.
Our behaviour is far more selfish than we might like to believe.
A model wears one of the author’s original zero waste designs.
The scale of fast fashion is so massive it can easily eclipse sustainability initiatives. We need investment in new technologies to revolutionise the industry.
How we can change the business model of a £50 billion industry to make clothing work better for everyone.
A dress by designer Iris van Herpen, who, with her runway designs, challenges common fashion norms and beliefs.
Fast fashion is the second most wasteful industry on Earth. But with the creation of dresses that charge cellphones and clothes made from recycled bottles, we could be on the verge of a green fashion revolution.