New Book 'Fashionopolis' Exposes The Devastating Impact Of Fast Fashion

by: Rosie Dalton | 4 weeks ago | News

Image: from the cover of Fashionopolis. Image source.

We hear a lot about the negative impacts of fast fashion these days, but with so much information out there, it can all become a little overwhelming. Enter 'Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes'. This new book, written by veteran journalist Dana Thomas, lays out everything you need to know about fast fashion’s impact on both people and planet.

Thomas has written for everyone from the Washington Post, to the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal and she has seriously done her research for 'Fashionopolis'. Some of the statistics are pretty shocking, to be honest. Like the fact that Zara churns out roughly 840 million garments every year, often at sub-poverty wages for its garment workers.

Fashionopolis also sheds light on the biologically dead zones in China, India, Bangladesh, which have been destroyed by wastewater effluent from factories and are now chock-full of cancer-causing chemicals.  Then there’s the microfibre issue, whereby tiny plastic microfibres have inundated our water supply and food chains, after being shed from synthetic garments during each and every laundry cycle. 

Tracing history and how it has shaped the way we dress, Thomas gets real with us about the devastating impacts of fast fashion. But she also writes about the solutions we now have available to us – from shifting the trend-based culture of disposable fashion, to moving towards fibre-recycling technology, cruelty-free lab-grown materials and alternative retail models like resale and rental.

“This is a book about hope,” Thomas tells Vox. “We need to put integrity back into everything we do. We have to dial our consumption and disposal back because the world just isn’t big enough to hold it all.” 

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