How Fast Fashion Is Impacting the Environment

Fashion has evolved to serve as a form of expression. Fast fashion is about making trendy clothes quick, cheap, and disposable. Some fast fashion brands include Zara, Boohoo, Misguided, and ASOS. The high demand for new clothes has caused sea life to be affected, high greenhouse gas emissions, increased oil usage, and a majority of clothes to end up in landfills. The infographic provides an overview of the ways the fast fashion industry is impacting the environment.

J. Alvarez Martinez


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