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Sustainability Isn’t Always Affordable Or Ethical

We all want to make the world a greener place—but some people just do not have the resources nor the money to do so.

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Disclaimer: This article is in no way putting down people who advocate for the use of sustainable fashion. As someone who is very passionate about protecting the environment and trying to find ways to slow down the effects of climate change, I understand. Trust me. However, I think it is also important to talk about the other side of this story.


I know what you’re thinking. The title of this article doesn’t really make sense, right? Sustainability is not always affordable or ethical? What does this mean?

It seems almost contradictory, but it’s more likely than you think!

In a perfect world, fast fashion wouldn’t exist. Brands like Shein, Forever 21, Pretty Little Thing, ASOS, and Fashion Nova wouldn’t be as popular as they are today. (Or, at least, they would exist only if they had a more innovative and transparent plan to combat the effects that their textile production has on the environment).

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The textile industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world; it is responsible for over 10% of annual carbon emissions which leads to poor air quality, future health problems, and severe weather changes through the trapping of heat in the atmosphere.

Clearly, this is not good for us or the environment, but the unfortunate reality is that fast fashion is here. These brands are shopped every day. It is relevant. It is probably here to stay for a while.

And, sometimes, it is all people can afford.

I’m one of these people; I’m a college student that works a part-time job, goes to school full-time, and freelances in what little free time I have so I can one day have a career in content writing or publishing.