The term ‘plastic pollution’ has become a part of our daily vernacular. Over the past few years, we’ve become aware of the detrimental effects our plastic consumption is having on the world around us. Plastic pollution is a leading cause of global warming. If we don’t work to reduce our plastic consumption, millions of animals will die, our environment will deteriorate further, and the human race will face possible extinction. In short, we need to stop consuming so much plastic, stat.
It’s no secret that fast fashion is one of the largest contributors to the global warming crisis. Fast fashion is causing harm to our environment in numerous ways. The vast amount of plastic this industry uses is having a profound effect on our ecosystem. Whether it’s through the packaging used, or the products themselves, fast fashion has bloodied hands when it comes to the global warming debate.
Fast fashion is also a way of modern-day life. Millions of people are exchanging their hard-earned money for poor quality garments, unaware of the detrimental impact it’s having on our environment.
Fortunately, there are sustainable and eco-friendly fashion brands leading the way to more conscious and kind consumerism. These brands focus on lessening their environmental impact rather than contributing to the problem. If you’ve not yet reformed your shopping habits, this post is for you.
We’re sharing how having a squeaky clean, eco-friendly wardrobe is the number one thing you can do to reduce plastic pollution, save our oceans, and save our planet.
Keeping healthy isn’t just about your body anymore, it’s about how you treat the environment, and how your existence contributes towards a wider environmental narrative. Keep our environment healthy and you will be too!
How does fast fashion contribute to plastic pollution?
There’s a lot of chatter surrounding the topic of sustainability. You’re not alone if you don’t fully understand fast fashion’s impact on the environment. As long as you’re willing to learn, that’s enough! What we don’t want is this knowledge to be swept under the rug.
You wouldn’t avoid an aching limb or a sharp pain in your side, would you? Well, that’s exactly what fast fashion is to our environment; it’s a continuous pain that’s always being added to. This pain is making our environment weaker day by day.
Fast fashion products are made of predominantly plastic-based materials. If you’ve heard of polyester, nylon, acrylic or polyamide, these all contain plastic. In addition to this, fast fashion houses have a habit of using plastic, biodegradable packaging too.
Why Is Plastic Pollution So Bad?
Plastic is almost always non-biodegradable. These non-biodegradable materials end up in a landfill. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Wrong. Take a look at this timeline to see how plastic pollutes our environment:
- A piece of plastic on a landfill site gets swept away by the wind.
- This plastic ends up in a river that opens into the ocean.
- The waves and current of the ocean break down this piece of plastic into tiny little polluting pieces.
- These tiny pieces pile up into ‘rubbish patches’. These are large floating piles of rubbish resting on the surface of our oceans. Some of these patches are as big as the state of Texas!
- An innocent sea creature or bird sees a tiny piece of floating rubbish and thinks it’s their dinner.
- This animal eats the plastic.
- Plastic enters our ecosystem and ends up in human stomachs through what we eat and drink.
- This plastic can cause cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and other serious health concerns.
This is the most common plastic pollution narrative we hear, and rightly so. It’s pretty scary stuff, isn’t it? Unfortunately, there isn’t just one story when it comes to plastic pollution. Plastic pollution infiltrates our lives and haunts our existence in numerous ways.
For example, plastic takes years and years to biodegrade. Whilst it does this, it releases tiny particles of greenhouse gas emissions. Plastic never stops releasing these harmful gases!
There are numerous ways plastic is taking its toll on our environment, I encourage you to learn all you can about how plastic is polluting our bodies and our environments.
If you could physically see the effect plastic is having on your health, you wouldn’t be so quick to shove it under the rug, or hide it in your online shopping cart.
What Can We Do?
Knowing this information isn’t good enough. We need real, tangible change to take place if we want to tackle plastic pollution. We need to keep our wardrobes clean to keep our environments clean and our bodies safe. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is by becoming a conscious consumer. Rather than stacking your shopping cart high with poor-quality, plastic-filled garments– clothes who’s destiny is to end up in landfill– shop sustainably. Priorities buying from brands who are engaged with the conversation concerning climate change in a real and authentic way. Buy from brands that are striving to do better.
Here are three things to look for when buying from a sustainable brand:
- Carbon emissions
- Recycled fabrics
- Carbon neutral fabrics
- Minimal/recyclable packaging
Shop with brands that are actively working towards decreasing their carbon footprint and are transparent about how they’re doing this. Many brands in the sustainability space have taken the initiative to become climate neutral certified. Wolven is an excellent example of this!
We don’t want brands to just say they’re sustainable. We want them to prove it!
Rather than buying items that will contribute to landfill, invest in items that have come from there! Buying products made from recycled products is an incredible way to increase the life-cycle of a product or piece of fabric.
Having recyclable packaging is the least a brand can do. Check items are shipped in recyclable packaging before you place the order.
We can’t expect brands to be perfect; they’re trying to navigate this sustainability journey just as we are. It is clear, however, that some brands are taking this initiative much more serious than others.
Shopping sustainable is a health emergency. For the wellbeing of our planet and our population, we need to become conscious consumers. Incredible sustainable brands are leading the way towards environmental recovery. We can help them along the way! Be inquisitive about where you shop. Say no to fast fashion and say yes to sustainable and eco-friendly ethoses.