“Most clothes are worn, on average, only seven times before they’re discarded, forcing an astonishing 150 billion new clothing items to be made annually…Polyester is… found in 50 percent of all clothing. It’s enormously energy intensive and doesn’t bio-degrade…”
“10 percent of the world’s total carbon footprint comes from the apparel industry, and apparel is the second largest polluter of fresh water globally.”
This article doesn’t even mention things like how much time is spent shopping (NOT a productive use of time, compared to a lot of other things…), nor the amount of money that is churned through one’s closet.
Buying and discarding cheap clothing means that you never get to wear anything truly amazing – a fabric that’s breathtaking, construction that amazes you at the skill of the human hand, or design that reminds you of the joys of creativity.
Read the full article at: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/analysis-fast-fashion-comes-steep-price-the-environment.