Is it really a bang for your buck?

You see a cute looking shirt, glance at the price tag, and next thing you know you’ve thrown it into your basket and you’re off to the register.

It’s no wonder that much of the clothing industry is classified under “fast fashion” because it seems like trends are changing as fast as night and day. Every item of clothing has to be done quickly, efficiently and on demand, yet little do we know that this industry is causing the most damage to our environment and communities.

That shirt you’re currently wearing was most likely made by a teenager from a developing country. Most consumers aren’t aware of the true price of making one item from companies such as Forever 21, H&M or Zara.

Clothing items are made in sweatshops, which means that employees are not being paid their worth and are often working under harsh conditions and chemicals, enduring sexual harassment. And frankly, there is no love and effort put these items of clothing, which automatically makes it disposable.

Sweatshops are found all over the world and even in U.S. cities such as Los Angeles.

According to Forbes, “12.8 million tons” of clothing in the U.S. is sent to the landfill every year. Not only is our landfill being filled to the brim, but our own ecosystem is suffering with the ongoing carbon dioxide being emitted by these huge corporation’s factories.

Luckily for us, many companies have risen up in the fashion world, ready to combat fast fashion and remedy it with some good ‘ol “slow fashion.”

Also known as ethical fashion or sustainable fashion, the intention behind the slow fashion movement is to create garments that truly serve a purpose for the creator, consumer and environment.

Materials are sourced ethically and the finished product is made by hand and passion by the creator. An average daily income of an employee who works in a sweatshop is $4 a day and in sustainable fashion the employee is paid their worth, given benefits and treated with human rights.

Upcoming brands that are centered around sustainable fashion are Dazey LA, ModerNation, Thought Clothing, and so many more that are ready to fight the overpowering fashion industry.

If you find yourself not being able to purchase these items, you can always go thrifting.

Thrifting allows for clothes to be recycled and not be thrown into a landfill while contributing to a great cause. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Slow fashion brands are always a bit more on the pricey side due to their quality and worth. Just remember that your dollar is a vote toward what you believe in, so might as well make sure it so it benefits everyone.

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