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Are These 3 Methods The Solution To Fast Fashion’s Waste Issues?

Amit Kalra discusses 3 potential methods for reducing fast fashion’s impact on sustainability in his TED Talk.

Gone are the days of 4 fashion seasons per year, and here are the days of fast fashion, where trends change every couple of weeks.

However, Amit Kalra discusses 3 potential methods for reducing fast fashion’s impact on sustainability in his TED Talk.

Now, many of us are guilty of buying fast fashion, myself included.

However, this wasteful practice causes 85% of all discarded clothes in the US to end up in landfills. Only a mere 15% actually go to thrift stores.

The fashion industry is the #2 most polluting industry in the world, behind big oil and gas. Yikes.

According to Kalra, the 3 potential ways to reduce the fashion industry’s impact on sustainability are:

1. Make items more modular so that complex garments can be deconstructed and recycled more easily
2. Use compostable fabrics for certain items like socks, underwear, and pajamas
3. Try using more food-based natural dyes that are less damaging to the environment (turmeric, elderberries, lichen etc.)

It was fascinating to hear him talk about these solutions to this problem, mainly because they actually make sense.

As the demand for sustainable fashion grows larger, the innovative fashion industry players might just start adopting some of these practices.

Watch Amit Kalra's TED Talk below:



Joe is passionate about environmentalism and the effect it has on our planet. He’s been a vegetarian for 10 years and is very strict about recycling in his apartment. As well as writing, he likes to spend time singing, playing the guitar, and defending pineapple on pizza.

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