Subject of the Month

A monthly display featuring resources on specific thematic subjects.

January 2022: Fast Fashion

Selector: Maria Nuccilli

Clothes shopping used to be an occasional event—something that happened a few times a year when the seasons changed or when we outgrew what we had. But about 20 years ago, something changed. Clothes became cheaper, trend cycles sped up, and shopping became a hobby. Enter fast fashion and the global chains that now dominate our high streets and online shopping. But what is fast fashion? And how does it impact people, the planet, and animals?
- via Good on You: What is Fast Fashion?

eBooks, January 2022

Books in Print, January 2022



How much does a worker make on a $30 shirt? Based on costs in European market, 2020.

  • Retail: $17.70 (59%)
  • Profit to brand: $3.60 (12%)
  • Material Cost: $3.55 (12%)
  • Transport costs: $2.40 (8%)
  • Bangladesh factory profit: $1.15 (4%)
  • Factory overheads: $0.25 (0.9%)
  • Pay to worker: $0.18 (0.6%)

Source: Clean Clothes Campaign

Websites, January 2022

YouTube, January 2022

CBC News: How fast fashion adds to the world's clothing waste problem

Fast fashion is a major contributor to the world's clothing waste problem. Many of us give our old clothes to charity or drop them in a store take-back bin, but you might be surprised to learn most of it is sold and can end up in the landfill.

New York Times: Rana Plaza Collapse Documentary: The Deadly Cost of Fashion

A photojournalist who covered last year's deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh draws connections to New York from clothing labels he found in the rubble.

tiktok is kind of bad for fashion

Podcasts, January 2022

In this episode, hear from Aja Barber on how colonialism shaped fashion, what we can do to improve the industry, and why fast fashion isn't actually "affordable". She's also busting plenty of myths like that fast fashion is lifting people out of poverty or that brands really don't know about the exploitation happening in their supply chains.

Garik--the founder of Eco-Stylist--drops by to talk about all of the different ways brands engage in greenwashing (aka when they confuse us into giving them our money by offering us the illusion that they are doing something great for the planet and its people). We'll debunk the Loooooop machine, explain how greenwashing claims begin to look like hard facts, and reveal some of the surprising greenwashing culprits out there! And Garik will share his favorite truly sustainable/truly ethical brands.

TikTok, January 2022