Talk about a fashion movement that’s making its way through the industry. No, it’s not the latest trend — it’s a movement you may not be aware of: slow fashion.
Fashion has put a dent in the environment with a huge carbon footprint through mass production and manufacturing. The world of fashion is a high threat to sustainability and natural resources. Most fashion companies ship worldwide due to the volume of consumers and global trends. The mission of slow fashion is to change the way the industry works in order to save the environment.
The Green Voice
Slow fashion is the voice of all things green and good for the health of the environment. It speaks to raise awareness about crucial causes for the health of people and the planet. It’s the movement to minimize the supply chain for a more sustainable industry. Essentially, slow fashion will assure quality products without compromising the health of the environment in the process.
This joinable movement of slow fashion is where you stand up for the quality of the product and the health of the environment at the same time. It’s saying no to poor-quality products made from the fast industry. Those products are made with cheap materials that put the environment at risk in many ways.
Not only does it reduce natural resources on the planet, but it also leaves a carbon footprint due to the rapid manufacturing process. It also produces cheap products that aren’t made to last, so consumers continue to purchase more products. This isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s rough on your wallet, too.
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How Slow Is It?
Slow fashion aims to slow down production for high-quality items. It recognizes the impact on the environment that the fashion industry has made through the years and strives to slow that down and minimize the carbon footprint. By slowing down the production process, slow fashion can also slow down consumption.
In this process, the Earth will have time to rejuvenate and replenish resources so the fashion industry and the Earth will be in one steady flow. By reducing raw materials and taking production back to a more traditional process, natural and raw materials will be given a rest from mass production.
In the meantime, companies can work on reducing their water consumption and energy consumption. By minimizing the consumption of water and energy, the carbon footprint from that company will also be reduced. This is a huge way companies are going green, supporting sustainability while also creating new, green trends.
Slow fashion is not only slow enough to help the environment, but it also takes the time to create products that are healthy for humans. By using natural fibers and local resources, slow fashion has eliminated toxins from its products. Fast fashion products contain harmful chemicals and dyes, which pollute water systems and are harmful to your skin.
Consumers are encouraged by models and companies in the slow fashion industry to join the movement. So how can consumers get new products while saving the environment? If you haven’t noticed, clothes just don’t disintegrate or disappear. People get rid of clothes and they take them to thrift stores.
Consumers are highly encouraged to support local thrift stores and purchase secondhand clothing. Just because an item doesn’t have the price tag doesn’t mean it isn’t new to you. Although there are pros to both shopping secondhand or supporting new local businesses, when it comes to clothing, whatever slows production down is best.
Slow fashion, however, does take into account supporting local businesses. If local resources and small businesses are able to provide materials, slow fashion will utilize those materials. This supports the environment by using local items with less travel miles, and it also helps support small businesses.
Sustainable resources are a huge way slow fashion helps the environment. Although this may raise the price of the product, it pays to continue using sustainable resources. These resources are chemical-free, so they don’t pollute the environment and are healthy for your body.
By joining the slow fashion movement, you’re joining a state of sustainability. Although the products are higher in price, they last much longer because of the carefully manufactured quality. Slow fashion supports slow manufacturing, fair wages, a safer environment and reduced carbon footprint.
This small industry is making its way through the fashion world with a cause. A green state of mind while still keeping up with fashion trends is the way slow fashion is saving the environment. This traditional method of fashion product is becoming the next big thing. One season at a time, slow fashion produces new quality fashion trends and manufactures for a sustainable step toward saving the environment.