Fashion trends are costing the environment, but there are ways we can help – new research

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In a new study led by UniSA PhD candidate Erin Skinner, researchers explored Australians’ knowledge of fast and slow fashion, finding that general consumers not only lacked an understanding of the issues, but were also averse or unable to change their buying habits to support more sustainable options.

With Australians overrepresented as one of the largest consumers of textiles globally, UniSA researchers say the government and the fashion industry have an obligation to better educate consumers about the impact of fast fashion and provide alternative options and models.

And Aotearoa isn’t much better. An Auckland Council Waste Assessment from 2017 noted that rapidly increasing amounts of textiles were being dumped, and in the capital, the amount of textile waste sent to Wellington’s Southern Landfill doubled between 2009 and 2020. It’s estimated that 25 percent of those clothes were in good condition and could have been re-purposed.

“Fast fashion

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Fashion trends are costing the environment

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Fashion faux pas: Fashion trends are costing the environment
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From balaclavas to cowgirl hats—and even the return of low-rise jeans—whatever the latest trends, they’re sure to fly from catwalks to consumers the moment that models leave the stage at the Australian Fashion Week next week.

But before fashionistas spend up big, University of South Australia researchers are encouraging buyers to reconsider flighty purchases and take a moment to better understand trending of “fast” fashion and its impact on the environment.

In a new study led by UniSA Ph.D. candidate Erin Skinner, researchers explored Australians’ knowledge of fast and slow fashion, finding that general consumers not only lacked an understanding of the issues, but were also averse or unable to change their buying habits to support more sustainable options.

With Australians overrepresented as one of the largest consumers of textiles globally, UniSA researchers say government and the fashion industry have an obligation to better educate consumers about

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Utahns of all ages flocking to vintage wear

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The newest trends in fashion are nothing new at all.

Utahns in greater numbers are buying pre-owned clothing from bygone eras as a way to be environmentally sustainable, financially sensible, and stand out in the age of big box fashion, the Deseret News reported.

“It’s cheaper, its higher quality, and it’s a lot more unique. No one is going to be wearing this dress at the concert you’re going to,” said Jacqueline Whitmore, owner of Copperhive Vintage, twirling a floor-length, floral print dress from the 1960s. “This dress is 60 years old, and it still looks amazing. People are starting to get it.”

Whitmore, whose Copperhive caters to a midcentury aesthetic with bold floral prints and fit-and-flare dresses, is among a growing cohort of vintage retailers who’ve helped make the Beehive State a destination for thrift.

In recent years, secondhand has become a first priority for more shoppers, who

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Prom fashion trends popular this year | Open

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Prom planning often culminates in a night to remember. Part of the prom-planning equation includes figuring out fashion. Those choosing to don suits have a relatively easy go of it, opting for classic jackets and slacks or tuxedos, sometimes adding a bit of color by way of a bold shirt or tie. Teens who wear gowns to prom tend to have more options to consider, and that can make it challenging to pick a favorite.

Studying the latest style trends can make it easier to find the best options when it comes to prom attire. Here are some trends that figure to be popular this year.

Historical

A wealth of popular historical dramas on television streaming services make this a go-to and topical trend. From “Outlander” to “Bridgerton” to “The Crown,” viewers are in awe of the fashion on these series. Promgoers can borrow elements of historical fashion, including

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