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Essay Questions Assignment
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Fast fashion is and why Fast Fashion has become a Problem
There has been serious controversy over the impacts of fast fashion on the environment.
Some sources have claimed that fast foods have severe environmental effects on the
environment. In contrast, others have argued in favor of fast fashion, claiming that they are
cheap, cost-effective, and affordable (Marketplace, 2018). Fast fashion is the mass production of
cheap, low-quality, disposable clothing. Reports show that the fast fashion industry churns out
over 80 billion garments every year, over ten garments for every person on earth. The study also
indicates that the current production is 400 percent more than produced 20 years back
(Marketplace, 2018). The clothes waste charity TRAID report issued that the average fast
fashion garment is only worn ten times before it is thrown away. Fast fashion has made clothes
cheaper, low quality, and low pricing. These factors influence people to buy more clothes and to
keep up with the trend.
Fast fashion is argued to take as long as 200 years to decompose. This leads to
environmental pollution. Fashion has a devastating environmental impact (Hwang, 2020). The
industry damages the environment in various ways, including water usage, microfiber,
greenhouse gases, deforestation, toxins, and human rights.
In December 2019, I purchased a Nike SB Skate Hoodie from NY&C for 55 dollars. I
love skating, and therefore my affinity for skating clothes is high. I usually buy a skating hoodie
every holiday because the clothes are becoming outdated very fast and their prices are low. I
used the cloth for two months, and then I disposed of it. I wore the fabric ten times and disposed
of it. I disposed of it because when we went for a holiday winter holiday the following, there
were already new and more appealing designs in the market trending in the market. I grabbed
one of those new designs and disposed of the "old" one.
Hwang, J. (2020). Fast Fashion Consumers' Experiences in Store Environments: Problems,
Confusion, and Avoidance Behaviors (Doctoral dissertation, California State University,
Marketplace. (2018, January 19). How fast fashion adds to the world's clothing waste problem
(Marketplace) [YouTube]. Retrieved October 1, 2019, from
Summary of a Controversial Art Project
Emma Sulkowicz, Mattress Performance, Carry That Weight (2014–15). Courtesy of Andrew Burton/Getty.
The controversial art of the project of the last century I selected was Emma Sulkowicz,
Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) (2014–15) (Elbaor, 2017). This art is still making
headlines. The art is a college student called Emma Sulkowicz. Emma Sulkowicz endures
performance by carrying a 50 pond mattress around with her wherever she went in New York
City, Columbia Campus. Emma Sulkowicz was alleged to have been raped by a fellow student in
2012. Emma Sulkowicz promised that the piece would only end I her supposed rapist was
expelled from the college. However, her alleged rapist was not removed, so Emma Sulkowicz
carried the mattress on stage during her graduation ceremony (Elbaor, 2017). This was aimed at
bringing the performance to an end in May 2015. Emma Sulkowicz carried her mattress on stage
during graduation to make a lasting impression on critics and the public.
The weight of the mattress that Emma Sulkowicz was a representation of the importance
that rape survivors carry, and therefore, Emma Sulkowicz carries the mattress to identify with
other survivors in the burden they are going through, especially when their offenders are not
prosecuted or when they fail to get justice. Emma Sulkowicz carried the mattress to display
solidarity with victims of sexual assault. The image has attracted media attention. It is considered
an active way to empower and support survivors of sexual assault who feel that they have been
inadequately endorsed by society. The negative impact of the controversial art is that universities
and colleges use the idea to protest against social injustices in schools, and this may cause school
Elbaor, C. (2017, August 31). The 10 Most Controversial Art Projects of the Last Century.
Retrieved from https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/top-10-controversial-art-projects563213
Fashion Recycling Programs
Fashion is a significant contributor to the world's clothing waste problem. Reports show
that more than 80 billion clothes are produced daily, and the average time for wearing these
clothes is less than ten times. This indicates that many garments are abandoned, disposed of, or
donated for charity. Disposing clothes causes an environmental threat because it causes soil
infertility, greenhouse effect, and toxins. Some of the ways that Elizabeth Klein is suggesting
about waste cloth recycling programs is that it is essential to know the brand of the cloth to help
return the fabric to the retailer for recycling after it has become outdated (CBC News, 2018).
Further, Klein argues that it is essential to take the material to the charity or drop them in a store
take-back bin instead of selling it or taking it to a landfill.
Among the solutions issued in the video, I think dropping the clothes in a store take-back
bin is essential because it facilitates recycling the clothes and reduces environmental pollution.
Today, big retailers have cloth recycling programs that aim to reduce environmental pollution
and ensure that clothes are not disposed of in landfills to block sewage lines and drainage
systems. The retailer buys back the outdated clothes and gives a discount. These are strategies
used to ensure that people return their clothes for recycling. The recycling of clothes is based on
the brands. It is essential to know the brand of the cloth so that when it becomes outdated, it
becomes easier to sell it back to the recycling companies.
CBC News. (2018, January 19). How fast fashion adds to the world's clothing waste problem
(Marketplace) Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elU32XNj8PM
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