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Fast fashion is killing our planet. It’s time to reverse the effects of landfills and prioritise slow fashion instead!
Did you know that 350,000 tonnes of clothing (worth around £140 million) go to landfills in the UK every single year? Furthermore, only say they recycle their textiles, with 41% saying they are not aware of clothing recycling facilities.
But the problem isn’t just with recycling. It’s with our consumption. At the University of Bolton, we make sustainability a core focus on fashion and textile degree courses. By studying the slow movement, students can change the consumer’s way of thinking.
Read on to find out why slow is the way to go…
Slow fashion is the opposite of fast fashion, and is part of a wider slow movement, in which we address the issue of 'time poverty. In essence, it’s a culture shift, moving us away from instant gratification and helping people create real connections with the things they buy or collect.
In fashion, this means taking a greener and more ethical approach to fashion design, fashion manufacturing and fashion consumption. Choosing quality over quantity and buying smarter is the key. And the slower the mindset, the more we as a society will benefit.
Adopting the slow approach is important because the amount of landfill waste is piling up, and textiles is a major problem. Many of the clothes being thrown away are used but still wearable, creating huge wastage.
This is particularly problematic in western nations where fast and affordable fashion is popular, with the UK being the fourth largest textile waste producer in Europe.
Furthermore, the various stages of textile manufacturing create constant greenhouse gas emissions, and cause water withdrawal and the release of toxins into our ecosystem, posing a serious threat to the environment.
By slowing down consumption and teaching consumers to buy less, we can change how fashion is viewed and how it is enjoyed around the world.
“Buy less, choose well, make it last” is a famous quote from Vivienne Westwood, and it’s an important motto to follow. The idea is to invest in high quality clothing and timeless pieces that last many years. But the first step in altering mindsets is changing what’s on offer, and the state of the market.
Studying fashion at a time like this is extremely important, and the global shift from fast to slow fashion will create amazing opportunities for those with the right skills in textile design.
There has never been a better time to study design, and tackling textile landfill waste at the root is the only way to reverse the effects of wastefulness in human society.
Does the concept of slow fashion and beautifully designed, ethical clothing pieces inspire you? If you love art and design and want to turn your creative skills into textile art, our degree courses could be for you.
The respected Bolton School of the Arts ranks No.1 for Teaching Quality in Art & Design Subjects in the North West* and we make sustainable practices an important part of our modules.
As a student, you’ll get to attend exhibitions and trade shows for fabric and sustainability issues in the UK and overseas. You’ll also get one-to-one mentorship with fantastic personal development, as well as opportunities to enter national and international design competitions.
To find out more about applying for undergraduate or postgraduate programmes in September 2021, see our available courses online.
Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, North West Region
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