The Effects of Fashion on the Environment
Whether it’s a dress, a pair of shoes or a suit, Fashion is a huge business with billions of dollars at stake. But what’s the effect of Fashion on the environment? What’s the impact of the clothing we wear, the products we buy and the advertisements we see?
Ancient Chinese clothing was an embodiment of freedom and comfort
During the Chinese empire, a person’s clothes were a reflection of their social status. The rich were dressed in silk, while the poor were dressed in hemp. They wore tunics, robes, and caps. They were fixed to the body by ropes and hooks.
In modern times, Chinese clothing has been influenced by foreign clothing cultures. Today, the traditional Chinese clothing line has been broken up into two subcategories: lower and upper clothes. The former is a more conservative incarnation of the ancient era, whereas the latter is more modern. Despite the change in fashion, the Chinese still follow the time-honored tradition of opening and closing the garment.
Sustainable fashion minimizes its environmental impact
Creating clothes using sustainable materials is one way to make your clothes more environmentally friendly. There are a number of sustainable fashion brands that offer designer clothes and accessories. These companies focus on using only sustainable materials and fair labor practices.
The fashion industry uses millions of tons of resources annually, including water, energy, and fossil fuels. It is the second-largest polluter after oil. In fact, the industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions. The fashion and textile industry is also responsible for discharging over 2.5 billion tons of wastewater each year.
Personal style vs collective style
Whether you’re a fashionista or not, fashion is a big business. For starters, the catwalk is a great place to see and be seen. To keep up with the competition, fashion enthusiasts must stay on top of the latest trends. Some even splurge on an annual wardrobe makeover. After all, fashion is a rite of passage for women in their twenties and thirties.
The good news is that there are few things more satisfying than having a well-fitted wardrobe. In the end, the most important aspect of a good wardrobe is finding the right clothing combination that suits your personality, lifestyle and budget.
Microplastics harm marine life, birds and turtles
Whether a small piece of plastic is ingested by a fish or turtle or becomes airborne, it may end up in the food chain. Plastics can be found in birds, whales, and small crustaceans.
Plastic debris can act as a host for invasive species. Studies have found that plastic debris can alter sand temperatures and breeding rates for turtles. Some of the plastic debris contains additives. These additives include chemical stabilizers, flame retardants, and resins. Some additives can harm reproduction in birds.
Advertisements are a part of the fashion industry
Getting consumers to buy your wares requires a bit more than a flashy commercial. A savvy marketer takes into account the demographics of his target audience and develops a winning formula. Using a mix of ad hoc techniques, he or she may be able to persuade the average consumer to splurge on a new dress, suit or pair of shoes. The marketing triumvirate is also at work influencing the consumer’s perceptions of the value of the purchase.