Fast fashion is a serious problem. It focuses on speed and low costs in order to deliver frequent new collections inspired by catwalk looks or celebrity styles, at huge cost to the environment and workers’ rights. When polyester garments are washed in domestic washing machines, they shed microfibres that add to the increasing levels of plastic in our oceans.
Slow fashion is about focusing on simple style, higher quality items, and ethical manufacturing.
Reusing and recycling textiles isn’t always easy to do, but it has merit for those trying to adopt a less wasteful lifestyle. Buying fewer items of higher quality will save you money in the long run, while shopping second-hand saves good clothing from landfill and reduces the overall demand for clothing production.
Find recycling locations for textiles at Recycle Now.