Slow fashion describes the process of manufacturing clothing ethically, taking into consideration the workers and environment. It ensures the workers are paid fair wages and are provided a safe working environment. Ethical manufacturing methods are most costly, resulting in more expensive clothes. However, they are made from better-quality materials, which are more durable and will last longer than clothing manufactured using fast fashion methods.
you may pay $10 for a t-shirt from a brand producing their clothes through fast fashion techniques, but how long will the shirt really last? Its colour may begin to fade and the lesser quality fabric may begin to break within a couple of months. Now every few months you are buying a new $10 t-shirt to replace the one the previous one. Whereas, you could have spent $30 on t-shirt manufactured using ethical slow fashion and it would have lasted years. Avoiding making this choice benefits the companies using fast fashion techniques because a single consumer is spending more money on their products in the long-term.
The cheap cost of fast fashion is also prompting consumers to purchase more than necessary. Think about all the clothes in your closet. Now think about how much you actually use regularly. For a fast-paced industry like fashion, trends are constantly changing and those trying to keep-up may be tempted to purchase poorly produced, lower quality clothing simply due to the speed of its release. Fast fashion produces large quantities of cheap clothing quickly. Using safer ethical practices may take more time, but is worth the wait in the end.