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Published: 29 April 2023

By Andy Ross

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Where does fast fashion end up?

Fast fashion relies on volume so that it is cheap to create and sell but that volume has to go somewhere when clothes are discarded. 

In this article from The Conversation, the real cost of making cheap clothing is highlighted. Ten years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory we are still in thrall to fast fashion, in spite of the knowledge that this addiction creates unsafe working practices and lots and lots of waste. Another article, this time from National Geographic, shows where clothes that are no longer wanted end up; the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile is one of the fastest-growing dumps of discarded clothing in the world. 

All is not lost however. People are now making bricks, sound deadening and insulation out of old textiles, and there is good old-fashioned recycling and other fun things to make at home from unwanted clothing.