2020, Academic Paper

Ethics of the Fast Fashion Industry as it Relates to Climate Change

CHLOE SUZUKI

The fast fashion industry is infamous for its massive contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental damage. Although it is clear that the environmental problems of fast fashion need to be addressed, it is not so clear who ought to do what to address this issue. Can consumers be completely to blame for the mass consumption and detriment to the environment? Or is it more just for the fast fashion companies to be held accountable? And what role does/should the federal government play in creating and enforcing policies for the fashion industry in terms of environmental harm and environmental justice? In this paper, I outline ethical concerns in the fast fashion industry, the points of contention for the existence of fast fashion, and my own suggestions for the most ethical allocation responsibilities to combat this issue while referring to existing principles of ecojustice.

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