I got a lot out of this interview with Laura E McAndrews on the Adam Ruins Everything podcast episode about fast fashion. From the high turnover rate of disposable-by-design clothes to what happens to our clothing once donated, industry practices are as reprehensible as you ought to have imagined.
A big takeaway for me was regarding clothing donations:
We flood markets primarily in African nations with second-hand clothing which undermines their economies and the livelihood of local clothing producers. This impact was also brought up regarding TOM’s shoes “1 for 1” program and is characteristic of much of our foreign assistance in other sectors like food supply.
More typically though, our thrifted clothing goes to landfill.
Anyhow, the podcast was a good overview of the pitfalls of fast fashion. More on this later.