Fast Fashion is a glory operation of consumerism, based on the advertising value of overconsumption.
The expansion of fast fashion wouldn’t be possible without polyester. Relatively cheap and easily available, polyester is now used in about 60% of our clothes. But, if we take into account the fossil fuels used in its production, CO2 emissions for polyester clothing are nearly three times higher than for cotton! Our reliance on polyester is one of the reasons why the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world; both in terms of its emissions-heavy production and the non-biodegradable waste it leaves behind.
More than half of all textiles produced each year include plastic.
Plastic clothing can be uniquely toxic, even while it is still in use or after it has been recycled