Slowing Down Fast Fashion: An Evaluation of Environmental Initiatives

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dc.contributor.author Burke, Linnea
dc.date.accessioned 2023-03-19T07:10:01Z
dc.date.available 2023-03-19T07:10:01Z
dc.date.copyright 2023 en_US
dc.date.issued 2023-03-19
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/14892
dc.description.abstract It has become well-known in recent years that the fashion industry is responsible for roughly 10% of global emissions and produces 92 million tonnes of textile waste per year (Vicentini, 2021). This is the same as one garbage truck full every second (Vicentini, 2021, pp. 30-31). Given this issue, I evaluated environmental initiatives that retailers and manufacturers (SHEIN, Aritzia, and Patagonia) have implemented to address their environmental impacts to determine what has been successful and what has fallen into the greenwashing narrative. My research was driven by the following questions: What strategies are being put in place by large clothing manufacturers and retailers to make the industry more environmentally sustainable? Do these efforts truly mitigate the environmental impacts of the industry? Where are the disparities between the discourse that companies employ about their sustainability practices and their actual efforts to reduce environmental impacts? By investigating discrepancies and contradictions within the clothing industry, I demonstrate the potential and limitations of the clothing industry in addressing climate change. I conclude that successful environmental policies move beyond small or performative changes within the linear supply chain to build new supply chain patterns of circularity. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (JCURA) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Circularity en_US
dc.subject Environment en_US
dc.subject Clothing en_US
dc.subject Fashion en_US
dc.subject Sustainability en_US
dc.title Slowing Down Fast Fashion: An Evaluation of Environmental Initiatives en_US
dc.type Poster en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Undergraduate en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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