I had to wear pants recently and, while I never wear pants, I did notice that there is a lot of fabric involved in these warm making leg coverers. I have had these pants for years and I only wear them every other year or so, whenever I have to wear pants. This was one of those occasions: jury duty.
How does fashion contribute to all of this? It can be a bit too fast. This is a question that people in the UK are dealing with at the moment. The Guardian reports.
Britons buy more new clothes than any other country in Europe and MPs are looking at the environmental and human cost of £2 and £200 T-shirts amid growing concerns the multibillion-pound fashion industry is wasting valuable resources and contributing to climate change.
The low prices in Primark stores, where T-shirts can cost as little as £2, were challenged by MPs on the Commons environmental audit select committee, who suggested shoppers viewed its clothing as disposable.
“Isn’t the real problem with the fast fashion industry that if you are selling stuff at £5 people aren’t going to treat it with any respect and at the end of its life it’s going to go in the bin?” asked the Labour MP Mary Creagh, the committee chair.
Some are listening though. Take Stella McCartney for example, via WWD.
Stella McCartney is expanding her nonprofit charity, with Stella McCartney Cares Green, a new platform dedicated to supporting her ongoing sustainability efforts.
The Green initiative will build on McCartney’s charitable mission by working toward providing vital information around sustainability and inspiring creatives, students and business leaders to rethink their practices.
This is great! What’s more important though: we change our shopping and fashion choices. Wear your change.