One of the first steps towards making the change from fast fashion to ethical and sustainable fashion is to educate yourself on the fashion industry. If you haven't yet watched The True Cost (available on Netflix) documentary exposing the exploits of the fast fashion industry, stop everything you're doing and go watch it now. However it is a full-length documentary. So if you don't have 90 minutes to commit, we recommend a few Youtube short videos that are perfect for educational purposes.
1. The True Cost Of Fast Fashion - The Economist
Millions of tonnes of clothes end up in landfill every year - it’s one of the fastest-growing categories of waste in the world. How can the fashion industry continue to grow while addressing the environmental need for people to buy fewer clothes?
2. Fast Fashion: Sweatshops I Feed
April 24th 2013 marked the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. It was an incident that sparked an international debate about where we source or clothes and our so-called addiction to 'fast fashion'.
3. The Price of Fast Fashion | BBC
We are consuming fashion at a rate never before seen on our planet. 100 billion garments are manufactured every year and the fashion industry continually tempts us to buy more with new ranges in the shops. But this so-called fast fashion is taking a toll on the environment.
Assefeh Barrat explores the fashion production process, from cotton growers to factories, then designers, to see who is leading the way in reducing fashion's environmental impact.
4. Fast fashion’s effect on people, the planet, & you
While working for a microfinance firm in Trujillo, Peru, Patrick WoodYard, the CEO of Nisolo was introduced to the broken Peruvian footwear industry made up of over 100,000 shoemakers who possess remarkable talent yet lack access to consistent work, fair-wages, and brand access to established international markets.