2020
The Ugly Truth about Fast Fashion

Fast Fashion!

Abbotsford Middle School
  • Grade 7
Photo Essay (3–10 images)

Community Coach(es): 

Angel's mom

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Most people don’t know this but making and retting rid of clothes are very bad for the planet. Just by donating and thrift shopping, you actually do help. People buy about 64 new pieces of clothing. If you just go thrift shopping, you’re not buying as many new clothes, so the company’s going to stop making new clothes very weak but if all of us contributed and buy one piece of clothing from a thrift shop, it’s going to add up and impact how we make the Earth a greener place. We already know a lot of things from the video that we watched on your subject. Some clothes are made from oil like lululemon leggings and many companies promise that they are made from sufficient materials, but how is oil sufficient? A lot of companies lie about being green and eco-friendly but they are just using these words to make you think nothing much of it. If you dig deeper though, you start finding out company lies. Wasted clothing goes into third world countries and there are just piles of clothes anywhere. The chemicals that are used to make some clothes are very deadly and are making people near factories can get really sick and even die (In third world countries.) Clothes can also take a lot of water to make. For example, one jacket can take the amount of water a person would drink in 24 years of their lifetime. These are just examples of things that companies do and aren’t focused on at all. We came up with the idea of this on a youtube video that I had seen before. We watched it again and got a lot of information out of it. Then we just brainstormed on what would be a good way to put this idea into how we are doing for our project. We then decided on the survey and donation of some clothes. We picked up the most interesting ideas from the video but we came up with our own ideas for the “do” part of the project. That includes the survey and donation. Most people don’t know this but making and retting rid of clothes are very bad for the planet. Just by donating and thrift shopping, you actually do help. People buy about 64 new pieces of clothing. If you just go thrift shopping, you’re not buying as many new clothes, so the company’s going to stop making new clothes very weak but if all of us contributed and buy one piece of clothing from a thrift shop, it’s going to add up and impact how we make the Earth a greener place. We already know a lot of things from the video that we watched on your subject. Some clothes are made from oil like lululemon leggings and many companies promise that they are made from sufficient materials, but how is oil sufficient? A lot of companies lie about being green and eco-friendly but they are just using these words to make you think nothing much of it. If you dig deeper though, you start finding out company lies. Wasted clothing goes into third world countries and there are just piles of clothes anywhere. The chemicals that are used to make some clothes are very deadly and are making people near factories can get really sick and even die (In third world countries.) Clothes can also take a lot of water to make. For example, one jacket can take the amount of water a person would drink in 24 years of their lifetime. These are just examples of things that companies do and aren’t focused on at all. We came up with the idea of this on a youtube video that I had seen before. We watched it again and got a lot of information out of it. Then we just brainstormed on what would be a good way to put this idea into how we are doing for our project. We then decided on the survey and donation of some clothes. We picked up the most interesting ideas from the video but we came up with our own ideas for the “do” part of the project. That includes the survey and donation. We wanted to donate clothes because after doing a little bit of research, we found out how little this is talked about and wanted to put the spotlight on this issue. We also did a survey to get an estimate of how many people go to thrift shops and donate clothing. We took the survey to get the answers that we need for our understanding part and getting the idea that blank people donate out of the blank. Next, we are given some clothing to donate to a local thrift shop called MCC. Even wasn’t a super big thing, it still helped. We needed to know the answers to the questions on our survey. How many times do you go shopping for new clothes? Do you donate? How often do you thrift shop? Some other questions too, but these are the main questions. We needed these answers to see if most people thrift shopped but most of the time, the answers are the opposite of what we wanted them to be. My group and I learned several things while doing this project. This was also a good project to practise what next year’s myp projects. We learned it was better to get fast to the thing that was your main idea instead of putting loads for work and rushing to finish. My project should help a lot, but that is only if everyone helps altogether. Thrift shopping once is equivalent to removing half a million cars off the road. Sometimes, you just need people to listen, understand and help. Most people that took our survey, did not thrift shop. We can’t save the Earth alone.