EP. 17 Fast fashion, with Sian Rowlands

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In this episode, we’re joined by Sian Rowlands, Owner & Chief Storyteller at Retold, talking about her second-hand clothes business and how broken the fashion industry really is today.

Fashion moves too quickly in order to capture the latest trends and suddenly it becomes fast fashion, quickly moving from runway to store to consumer, but also to the garbage.

“There is that old saying, usually attributed to Yves Saint Laurent: “Fashion fades, style is eternal.”

Literally speaking, that actually may no longer be true, especially when it comes to fast fashion. Fast-fashion brands may not design their clothing to last (and they don’t), but as artifacts of a particularly consumptive era, they might become an important part of the fossil record.

More than 60 percent of fabric fibers are now synthetics, derived from fossil fuels, so if and when our clothing ends up in a landfill (about 85 percent of textile waste in the United States goes to landfills or is incinerated), it will not decay.” (Source: The New York Times)