As you’re doing your clothes shopping or research, you may have run into some terms that make you stop and go- wait what IS that? Is that a thing? These terms are fast fashion, and fair trade. Let’s take a moment to define those terms.
Fast Fashion refers to a phenomenon in the fashion industry whereby production processes are expedited in order to get new trends to the market as quickly and cheaply as possible.
Fair Trade refers to trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries.
These terms are each other’s polar opposites. Unfortunately MOST of the clothes you can get in a mall are going to be the former. Think about it for a second… In order for that shirt you are buying to be $9.99, how much could the person who sewed that shirt possibly have made. Would YOU sew a shirt for less than $10?