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The Cost of Fast Fashion


How long do your clothes last, and what's the hidden cost? Jack Taylor/Getty Images
How long do your clothes last, and what's the hidden cost? Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Brands like Zara and H&M churn out mass-produced fashion at an astounding rate, but the true cost is left off the price tags. Cristen and Caroline stitch together fast fashion's implications not only for the environment, but for women's and children's rights around the globe.

Episode Sources:

"Fashion history lesson: The origins of fast fashion" http://fashionista.com/2016/06/what-is-fast-fashion

"Consumer expenditures 2015" http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cesan.pdf

"The neurological pleasures of fast fashion" http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/03/the-neurological-pleasures-of-modern-shopping/388577/

"The role of mobile in online shopping and buying" http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Presentations-and-Whitepapers/2014/The-Role-of-Mobile-in-Online-Shopping-and-Buying

"The secret world of fast fashion" https://psmag.com/the-secret-world-of-fast-fashion-9c899e0edb08#.qfk2fw5xr

"How Agile and Zara are transforming the US fashion industry" http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2015/03/13/how-agile-and-zara-are-transforming-the-us-fashion-industry/#7420703dc557

"She for she: Why fast fashion is a feminist issue" http://goodonyou.org.au/why-fast-fashion-is-a-feminist-issue/

"Garment workers" http://wiego.org/informal-economy/occupational-groups/garment-workers

"What happens when fashion becomes fast, disposable and cheap?" http://www.npr.org/2016/04/08/473513620/what-happens-when-fashion-becomes-fast-disposable-and-cheap

"Fast fashion is creating an environmental crisis" http://www.newsweek.com/2016/09/09/old-clothes-fashion-waste-crisis-494824.html

"'Constant sexual harassment': TN woman workers' letter exposes textile industry" http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/he-squeezes-our-breasts-tn-woman-workers-letter-exposes-textile-industry/story-romBdKlfGhKAi4IujXl4cO.html

"Up to 70 percent of women factory workers in Guangzhou sexually harassed" http://www.clb.org.hk/en/content/70-percent-women-factory-workers-guangzhou-sexually-harassed

"9 ways women are getting abused in the fashion industry" http://bkaccelerator.com/9-ways-women-getting-abused-fashion-industry/

"A shopper's manifesto: These three simple questions are the key to quitting fast fashion" http://qz.com/686346/before-you-buy-another-piece-of-clothing-heres-a-new-way-of-looking-at-its-pricetag/

Academic Insights:

"Compulsive buying -- a growing concern? An examination of gender, age and endorsement of materialistic values as predictors." Helga Dittmar. British Journal of Psychology. Vol. 96, Iss. 4. November 2005. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1348/000712605X53533/full