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A great introduction to learning more about the fast fashion industry and how it affects garment workers, the environment, and human rights.

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This article helps visualize how wasteful and damaging the clothing industry is on our planet. Gain a better understanding of the environmental impact of our clothing purchases and also learn about ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. 

The fast fashion industry takes advantage of workers in countries where there are limited or nonexistent workers’ rights. Learn more about the miserable wages, endless working hours, unacceptable health and safety conditions, and use of child labor that clothing companies exploit from.

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“Around 85% of all textiles thrown away in the US are either dumped in a landfill or burned” (BBC). Learn more about where our clothes end up once we throw them out and the sustainable practices being introduced to help reduce the waste of clothing.

Understand what ethical shopping is and learn bout the little things you can to improve your buying habits. Get some helpful tips on how to shop more sustainably and how to find brands you can trust.

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Learn about different ways you can start shopping ethically and sustainably. These helpful tips are easy to do and have a big impact on our planet.

“The benefits to society of buying ethically are potentially far-reaching. It encourages innovative products and companies while discouraging others that ignore the social and environmental consequences of their actions” (Shop Ethical). This article explains why we should shop ethically and the many benefits that would come with it. 

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“By carefully choosing what we buy, and looking behind the brands, we can choose products that have a positive impact on people, the planet and animals” (Ethical Consumer). Learn about how shopping ethically benefits local and global society, animal welfare, and the environment in positive ways that make a real difference.

“When fashionable clothes can be so cheap, it can be easy to fill up virtual shopping carts just for the rush of the purchase. But this attitude of excess has led to mass over-production and a clothing waste crisis.” (NPR). Learn more about the various ways to be an ethical consumer by clicking on clicking on the link.

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Check out these resources to find brands that are ethical and sustainable!

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