Fast Fashion

Can fast fashion ever be sustainable?

Fast fashion is a modern term used to describe clothing and apparel that is released quickly to follow the season’s trends. These styles are often made with substandard materials and sold at cheap prices, and since they’re so closely modeled after the trends of the moment, they’re often left obsolete when the new season comes.

While some fast-fashion retailers are looking to revamp their supply chains to make them kinder to people and the environment, critics question if this model can ever be truly sustainable.

The Apparel Industry’s Environmental Impact in Six Graphics

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The High Environmental Cost of Fast Fashion

Greenpeace Germany analyzed the environmental cost of fast fashion -- and the results aren't pretty.

Remake: Making Fast Fashion Uncool

By humanizing the women who make our clothes, Remake is looking to mobilize consumers to move beyond boycotts and vote with their wallets.

Zara Launches Sustainable Fashion Line for Fall

Zara launched a new fashion line for autumn it says “embraces a woman who looks into a more sustainable future.”

Abercrombie & Fitch Is Over the ‘Cool Kids’ Vibe, But It’s Too Late

Instead of targeting the 'cool kids' with six-pack abs, Abercrombie’s apparel and stores will now focus on customers’ “best self and inner confidence.”…

H&M Embarrassed After 14-Year-Olds Found Working in Burma Garment Factories

H&M faces accusations that teens as young as 14 are working in its contracted factories, some of whom were forced to work overtime…

Greenpeace Calls Out Leading Fashion Brands in ‘Detox Catwalk’

In what Greenpeace calls its third annual “Detox Catwalk,” the environmental organization lauds the companies making a change, while rattling the cages of…

U.S. Court Dismisses Rana Plaza Lawsuit

A Delaware judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against three major U.S. retailers by the family of a garment worker who died in the…

H&M CEO Answers All The Tough Questions in Sustainability Report

H&M's latest sustainability report features an interview with CEO Karl-Johan Persson. The Swedish billionaire spoke bluntly on topics like wages and overconsumption, but…

Brands Must Do More to Promote Cotton with a Story

Cotton is the livelihood for an estimated 250 million people — saying no to cotton is hardly the solution. Saying yes to more…

H&M Unveils Conscious Collection, World Recycle Week Campaign

Last week, H&M hosted a preview at its gorgeous Fifth Avenue showroom to introduce the new Conscious Exclusive collection. The event was intended…

Uniqlo USA Launches Fashion Line for Muslim Women

Hana Tajima, a Japanese-British fashion designer from the United Kingdom, has launched a “Modest Wear Collection” with Japan-based fast fashion retailer Uniqlo.

Closing the Loop in Fast Fashion

Fast fashion (trendy, affordable pieces from the likes of H&M, Uniqlo and Zara) is often criticized for creating waste. But what if the…