I spent Saturday at a conference hosted by DC Sustainability Fashion Collective. While Washington DC is far from a fashion center, it is heartening to attend a gathering of so many individuals eager to educate consumers on the human and environmental impacts of the garments in our closets. Author of The Conscious Closet, Elizabeth Cline, was the keynote speaker and panel discussions were comprised of a wide swath of diverse professionals from biologists to clothing swap organizers.
This morning the New York Times reported on the bankruptcy filing of the fast fashion brand Forever 21. The article reports, “Forever 21’s struggles have provoked questions around the appeal of fast fashion more broadly. The industry has faced backlash surrounding the environmental impact of quickly disposable clothes and concerns about worker safety in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 that killed more than 1,100 garment workers.”, and goes on to say, “Younger shoppers have increasingly turned to consigned goods and brands that claim sustainability as a value, said Wendy Liebmann, chief executive of the consultancy WSL Strategic Retail.” Find the article here.
With increased education hopefully the tide will move against fast fashion.