By now we've all been made aware of the environmental cost of fashion, but allow me to bring out the stats in case anyone needs a reminder.
According to research conducted by Our Good Brands, the world collectively purchases over 80 billion pieces of new clothing each year — that's a 400 per cent increase compared to 20 years ago.
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However, it's not just the overconsumption that's the issue, it's also how quickly we discard things that we no longer deem 'on trend'. In Australia alone, 200,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles end up in landfill each year, resulting in polluted waters and an enormous pile of waste.
All the above doesn't even take into account the human cost, because behind many of the beautiful dresses and chic outfits that we see in store, are garment workers who are subjected to dangerous environments, low wages and little human rights.
While the world is slowly moving towards more sustainable shopping habits, with many people choosing to thrift or buy clothing that is ethically produced, sometimes it's hard to ignore a bargain.