In Ireland, around 63,000 tonnes of clothing and other textiles are thrown away by households each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Clothing accounts for 60% of all textiles used and produced in the last 15 years. While the production of clothing has doubled in this time, the number of times an item is worn has declined by almost 40%, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Our sustainable fashion project aims to shed light on the reality of textile waste in the fashion industry, looking at fast fashion and its impact on workers and the environment, how we can reduce waste and protect the planet from the damage the fashion industry causes, and how we can move towards a more sustainable fashion system.
Sustainable fashion does not feel accessible to everyone – but there is more than one way to do it, and it doesn’t need to mean spending a lot of money. In fact, there are some things you can do to create a more sustainable wardrobe that can even save you money.
Articles on fast fashion and sustainable fashion
Learn about fast fashion and how to create a more sustainable wardrobe below.
What is fast fashion?
- What is fast fashion?
- 10 facts about fast fashion
- How the clothes you buy impacts the people making them
- Documentaries, podcasts and websites about fast fashion
- Quiz: How much do you know about fast fashion?
- How to make more sustainable clothing choices
- How to dispose of clothes so they don’t go to waste
- Things to check before you donate to a charity
- What materials are sustainable?
- Sustainable fashion on a budget
How can we create change in the fashion industry?
- How can we solve our waste issue with a Circular Economy?
- What is greenwashing?
- How can you tell if a company is greenwashing?
- Activism in sustainable fashion
Young people share their views on sustainable fashion
- Inclusivity within the slow fashion movement
- How to recognise greenwashing
- Circular economy: How to create a capsule closet
- How to look after your clothes to make them last
Cover image by Cathy Hogan