Fast fashion: An insight into ethical fashion (includes documentary)

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Fast fashion is a term used to describe the rapid production of inexpensive clothing, inspired by the latest trends. This industry prioritizes quick turnover and low prices, often at the expense of ethical production practices and environmental sustainability. With fast fashion, clothing becomes disposable, leading to overconsumption and a cycle of constant buying to keep up with ever-changing styles.

To combat the negative effects of fast fashion, individuals can take preventative measures. One approach is to prioritize quality over quantity, investing in well-made pieces that will last longer and withstand trends. Kathleen Escalona, a fashion designer at Mood Fabrics, describes the end goal for these companies. She understands that when possible, “Big companies need to stop being greedy and if they will not stop being greedy, then we need to stop giving them our money.”

Another strategy is to support sustainable and ethical fashion brands that prioritize fair labor practices and environmentally-friendly production methods. Additionally, embracing a minimalist approach to wardrobe building can help reduce the temptation to constantly purchase new items.

Breaking free from the cycle of trends and overconsumption requires a shift in mindset. Rather than chasing the latest trends, focus on cultivating a unique style that reflects your values. Take the time to create a wardrobe that is made up of intentional and mindful choices about your clothing purchases. In doing so, individuals can reduce their environmental footprint and contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry.

Michelle Gonzalez is a senior digital and interactive media student at Florida International University. She is constantly working on perfecting her craft as an illustrator, videographer and photographer. Michelle looks forward to using her background in film and media to produce content for social media accounts.

Sammantha Diaz is a senior in communications with a focus on video production and a minor in graphic design. After graduation, she aspires to be a screenwriter, director or cinematographer. Sammantha is currently the creative director of the Women In Technology Conference.

Rosaura Mendoza is a junior majoring in Digital Communication & Media with a track in Digital Journalism.