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Fast fashion creating mountains of waste worldwide

Overabundance of fast fashion has created an environmental and social justice crisis. Fast fashion is readily available, inexpensively made clothing. Increased consumption patterns have created millions of tons of textile waste in landfills and unregulated settings.

Negative consequences at each step of the fast-fashion supply chain have created a global environmental justice dilemma. While fast fashion offers consumers an opportunity to buy more clothes for less, those who work in or live near textile manufacturing facilities bear a disproportionate burden of environmental health hazards.

From the growth of water-intensive cotton, to the release of untreated dyes into local water sources, to low wages and poor working conditions, the environmental and social costs involved are widespread. Potential solutions include sustainable fibers, corporate sustainability, trade policy and the role of the consumer.

In North America, the fast fashion market is likely to face tremendous growth in the coming years owing to swiftly increasing number of fast fashion retailers in the region. The European market is pegged to foster high revenue in future owing to growing adoption of new fashion trends. In India, China, and Japan, the market is poised to expand further in the coming years due to high purchasing capacity and penetration of major fast fashion retailers in the region.