“Seventy-five percent of fashion supply chain material ends up in landfills. This amounts to ‘the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles per second.’”
— Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2018 Report
What Is Slow Fashion?
Slow fashion is a movement that advocates for environmental and social justice in the fashion industry. Its defining point is that it zeroes in on the problem of overproduction and overconsumption.
Some of slow fashion’s key philosophies include:
- A shift from quantity to quality, both in production and consumption. It’s not hell-bent on constant growth or accumulating more.
- Manufacturing that respects the environment by using low-waste processes and avoiding harmful chemicals.
- Providing workers a living wage and healthy working conditions.
- Producing collections in small batches or on a pre-order basis to avoid unsold inventory.
- An uncomplicated supply chain where raw materials and labour aren’t scattered across the globe. It uses local materials and employs local workers as much as possible.
- Transparency and honesty in its supply chain and practices.
- Using natural fibers, deadstock fabrics, or old textiles for upcycling.