‘Fast fashion’ is the term used to describe the mass production of cheap, poor-quality clothing. These cheaply made, trendy pieces have resulted in overwhelming amounts of consumption and waste. All the elements of fast fashion: trend replication, rapid production, low quality and competitive pricing add up to having a detrimental impact on the planet and the people involved in garment production. Many of today’s top fast fashion brands use toxic chemicals, dangerous dyes, and synthetic fabrics that seep into our water supplies. Each year 100,000 tonnes of clothing are estimated to be thrown out in Ireland (Community Reuse Network Ireland). These garments—full of plastics fibres, lead, pesticides, and countless other chemicals—rarely break down. Instead, they sit in landfills, releasing toxins into the air. Fast fashion’s carbon footprint is enormous, giving industries like air travel and oil a run for their money.
The Let’s Fix Fashion project focuses on encouraging students to think deeper about the clothes they wear.
Who can apply?
The Green-Schools Let’s Fix Fashion Project is open to students in schools that are actively working on the Green-Schools Global Citizenship themes or Litter and Waste theme. The project is currently accepting applications for this school year and we would love to hear from you!
Is the programme only for people interested in fashion?
No, this programme is open to anyone who is interested in finding out about the negative impacts of the fashion industry on our planet, and what we can do to slow down fashion: create less waste, use more sustainable materials, improve working conditions etc. We welcome those who are passionate about creating change!
Fast Fashion documentary screening followed by a communication take over in your school.
Each year the campaign is launched with a documentary screening within the school and live panel discussion during Climate Action week. Students focus on one aspect of the problem and create a communication project around their message.
Some of our past screenings include: A True Cost, A Textile Mountain and this year’s Fashion Reimagined