Narration: Fast fashion is particularly bad for the environment. Criticisms of fast fashion include its negative environmental impact, water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste.
Narration: Vibrant colours, prints and fabric finishes are appealing features of fashion garments, but many of these are achieved with toxic chemicals. Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of clean water globally, after agriculture.
Narration: In addition, the most popular fibre used for fashion, polyester, sheds microfibers when washed, adding to the increasing levels of plastic in the ocean. As they do not biodegrade, they present a serious threat to aquatic life.
Narration: Small creatures such as plankton eat the microfibres, which then make their way up the food chain to fish and shellfish eaten by humans.
Narration: The environment has also been impacted. The EPA estimates that diverting all of those often-toxic trashed textiles into a recycling program would be the environmental equivalent of taking 7.3 million cars and their carbon emissions off the road.