Stop buying fast fashion.

it can be really difficult to look at yourself in the mirror (did I say this enough in the video? lol) and I commend you for even clicking on this video and allowing yourself to confront this issue. if we all make small changes, it will add up to huge changes worldwide.

Arden’s video |
Carrie’s scam trilogy |
35 fair trade clothing companies |
How I’m becoming more sustainable |
Kristen Leo (amazing ethical fashion channel!) |
5 steps to quit fast fashion on any budget |

The True Cost |
China Blue Trailer |
CBC News |
CNA Insider |
Millennial Magazine |

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39 thoughts on “Stop buying fast fashion.

  1. Shein ad pops up while I'm watching this…
    Thanks for this video though, I've recently decided to become way more minimalistic with my wardrobe and purchasing second hand whenever possible. I've refrained from looking much into sweat shops and what happens, but I need to watch that documentary now.

  2. One thing about this video I am curious about is how do you go about shopping at goodwill without returning clothing to it?
    For me personally I feel guilty not returning to the company I buy so much from, (I’m trying to buy less in general) when they’re a charity company. I’ve especially noticed my goodwill and Salvation Army getting more expensive (still cheap for me but maybe not for people who need to buy from there) and I don’t know how I can contribute positively to them besides donating and hoping the influx of quality goods that people like me donate will make it more comfortable for them to charge less for goods

  3. Im just wondering if you've ever mentioned why you are vegetarian and not vegan? Especially since you're very focused on doing good for the earth/aninals/ect. No judgment just genuinely wondering.

  4. I think the topic of being wasteful and the sweatshops are two completely different issues on their own that should be addressed individually.
    How does buying second hand prevent this? In most cases someone originally bought it new from a store anyway before donating it. The “damage” was already done. Nothing wrong with buying new clothes. If a piece makes you feel good and you like it, then what’s the issue?

  5. am also going to recommend youtuber/designer rian phin here! they have v interesting and informative videos about ethical fashion, its nuances and shares thoughts about recentering focus around more actively helping to support/amplify garment workers!!

  6. I buy online and in store for my clothes because no second-hand shop has good, cute, wearable clothes for my size. It's not a thing, and I want to wear clothes that make me happy and comfortable, not clothes that are close to a potato-sack.

  7. Wow Sarah, I never thought of any of this. By nature, I’ve always been very picky about how I spend my money-especially with clothes. For the most part, I only buy pieces that I LOVE and that fit me well. For bigger items that have been trending-like popular purses, shoes, and dresses (bought new) I spend at least a month deciding if I really want them. So I put a lot of thought into what I buy but not where I buy from. Watching this video really opened my eyes and I will definitely be changing most of the stores I shop at. Thank you for informing your viewers! It definitely shows how much you care not just about your channel, but about the community you have built around it.

  8. This video really opened my eyes, thank you. I’m going to move forward from here making a conscious effort to do better and to pay more attention to what I’m purchasing. I’m also going to watch that documentary ASAP. Thank you for speaking about this.

  9. It takes a lot of courage and introspection for someone to reexamine their actions and change them like you did! And especially to then publicly adress it and educate others about the issue. Great video!

  10. I really love everything that was brought up, but I do have to add that clothing, for mostly rich people, back in history was seen as disposable. Take the Victorian era, where the stereotype of women changing their clothes eight times in the morning comes from. Women didn't have very good feminine hygiene products, so in order to save face and not let anyone see the blood, they would change up to eight or nine times a day. Not to say that people didn't treasure clothes, but in history there has always been examples of flippant nature when it comes to fashion. However, this doesn't excuse nor take away from your video. That's not a good mindset to have and it's something we should work on.

  11. If these companies get away with sweatshops, imagine how "fair" regular people's salaries and working hours are, and it's getting even worse. There's too much demand and little need, which means that to meet the quantity, some sort of quality needs to be reduced.

    I don't agree with going against raising animals for food because people don't see how the problem is the overwhelming demand nobody has a need for, not that animals die, because they wouldn't have been born in the first place otherwise. That demand is what reduces their quality of life and should be regulated. There will always be psychopaths who just want a quick buck and don't care who suffers, be it human or animal, but when there's a product involved, the market dictates how much room for exploitation there is.

    The biggest problem is that people in general take everything for granted. The topic of plastic being extremely harmful to the environment has been discussed for decades and plastic is still used as the most disposable thing there is, since it's easily accessible and cheap. Recycling is laughed at and seen as a hippe thing that is completely unnecessary. Videos of the cruel treatment of animals in KFC factories have been circulating for years and not only can nobody take the company down despite the extremely poor quality of food and workplace ethics, but they're taking all these things to poor countries who think highly of America and see it as proper restaurant level food. Any way you look at it, even if there are few who push things in the right direction, shit derails extremely quickly. All of society needs to change its view on consumerism and exploitation or nothing will actually change.

  12. as someone who's plus sized I find thrifting almost impossible. I don't know if its just because I live in England and its a lot less popular here but if I gave up all fast fashion I'd never get to wear things like jeans again- atleast not any that would look nice

  13. I feel like there were a lot of contradictions in this video…one moment you would say “thrift shopping is better” and then you’d say “sell your items on posh mark or whatever so it doesn’t end up at goodwill” ???

  14. Bro i’m broke…. what else am i gonna buy? Thrift? When people need those resources more than me? Idk man it’s shitty as fuck but i’m lower middle class please pay for my clothes and i’ll more than willfully drop fast fashion

  15. So glad you made this video! Another cool thing with thrifting is that you can always alter the clothing you get and revamp it into something that is more in fashion right now, if that’s what you want.

  16. I think the idea behind this video is incredibly compassionate and we need to confront the realities of our thirst for consumption, but that drive is coming from a capitalist culture of revenue at all costs – so manufacturing and selling everything under the sun for a buck, whether that impacts us badly long term or not. Unfortunately being green is expensive and not everyone has access to alternative means of consumption (I mean, what I wouldn't give to have thrift-shops near me, or to have the time/energy to cook fresh meals instead of buying fast food), or don't have the time to live a more conscious way of life because they're too busy slaving away to the same system that sells us what is currently our demise. There is no ethical consumption under capitalism, because billionaires will eat at this planet and everyone's lives in order to accumulate meaningless wealth. There must be a recognition that companies and billionaires benefit from out belief that it is upon the average person to take on the journey to a more healthy relationship with the environment (see the new conversation around straws, for example), when the average person didn't introduce and doesn't benefit from mass consumption. We don't benefit from the tons and tons of food being literally thrown away because there aren't enough people with money to eat them (although there are many who are starving and being kept from these things, because capital comes first), we don't benefit from the endless work hours necessary to maintain mass production, and the people taking the brunt of all of this definitely do not benefit from the environmental backlash, as they usually live where consequences strike first. So yes, it is nice to do what we can, but it would be even nicer to face the larger and root issue in our society: mass production in order to accumulate wealth and capital over the lives of actual people.

  17. Interesting that this was in my recommendations list.
    I always wondered what is the impact of fast fashion on our environment.
    But I'm happy that I'm not into being fashionable at all.
    I'm a goth guy so I do a lot of thrift shopping and DIY.
    The only thing that I bought new in the past 2 years was boots.
    And I wear them for years on end until they break.
    But fabrics ?
    Unless it's something really cheap that I can afterwards modify, then nope.
    Everything in my wardrobe is modified old clothes like 10-5 year old jackets, hats, shirts etc.

  18. Does anyone know if it helps or hurts to buy from places like Ross or Burlington? Like they don’t manufacture the clothes, they just resell clothes from other places as far as I know.

  19. I am really happy I subscribe to this channel, my mum introduced me to second hand stores for everything as well trading with friends and other people on internet. Thank you for this video.

  20. Thank you for this video. I’ve been avoiding it for so long because I’m extremely guilty of diving into fast fashion. Time to change 👌 thank you!

  21. I get that this is coming from a place of well meaning but it's also your inherent privilege that allows you to. The dairy industry is still thriving just as much as the meat industry. Being vegan isn't cruelty free either because that's also human labor. It's 100 % the companies jobs to start to try and work more ethically, pay workers liveable wages. Capitalism is the main issue. I don't knock people for trying to do their part to "try" but when it's preachy its egregious.

    I mean you yourself along with a lot of other sometimes vegan sometimes not "cruelty free" you tubers specifically shop at thrift stores to then up sell your findings on depop. Buying larger clothes at thrift stores to cut into smaller garments which not all thrift stores even cater to plus size clothing and as a plus size person it def depends on the neighborhoods you check and even then the prices go up in certain towns.

    So to end yeah this video has a point but it's literally a drop in the ocean of how cumulative world polution is and how badly companies don't want to change and don't care 🙄 or front that they do for sales.

  22. I'm really glad you did this video! I did an entire project on this last semester for my environmental science class and seeing all the statistics myself was crazy. I myself love fashion and have been supporting these companies blindly so the realization was pretty heavy. And I think most people aren't aware of this at all so I dont blame them but we gotta realize not only the environmental consequences but the exploitation of men, women, and children due to it. Thanks Sarah again for the video!!! 👍

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