Fast Fashion, the Environment, and Labor Rights

Event Details


November 22, 2021



Fast fashion has continued to gain popularity since the early 1990s and has now become the norm for many individuals as their main source for wardrobe shopping since it offers trendy clothing options and cheap prices. However, fast fashion production is a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental degradation issues.

Fast fashion is also known to have terrible labor conditions for its textile producers and garment workers. As a result, by consuming fast fashion many people are contributing to the continual degradation of the environment and labor conditions of those in the fast fashion labor chain. The youth of today, particularly, have known nothing but fast fashion. This webinar shed light on the environmental and social issues surrounding fast fashion, and provided resources to help you shift to more sustainable fashion habits.


Resources for the Webinar

This activity will help you create a timeless wardrobe. The goal of this activity is to inspire you towards beginning your sustainable fashion journey.

Have you outgrown the items in your closet?  A free, simple, and fun way to revamp your wardrobe is to hold a clothing swap. Download this resource for help with your own clothing swap!

The goal is for you to see how much can be done with minimal clothing items. Ultimately, allowing you to reevaluate your wardrobe and consumption habits for a more sustainable practice.

Meet The Panelists

Stephanie Rivas is TCI’s California Regional Coordinator located in sunny and breezy San Diego. During her time at UCSD, she joined the Student Sustainability Collective. There she gained a vast amount of knowledge regarding environmental and sustainable issues through an intersectional lens and has continued educating herself on these issues. Through these avenues, she realized the drastic climate and social impacts the fast fashion industry is causing and is on her journey towards a more sustainable fashion future.

In a world she dares to imagine, Anli Zhang believes that every human is deserving of dignity and opportunity. An outspoken advocate for climate actions, mental health, and human rights, Anli is the founder of the World We Dare to Imagine, a movement to address global issues by uniting, educating, and leading a new generation of Imagineers to build fairer global systems. By bringing the courage to imagine, she hopes to harness the power of storytelling to revive the inherent connection of all beings. Under this movement, Fashion New Wave – a research lab and consultancy – was created to reexamine the fashion industry holistically through partnerships with experts, entrepreneurs, and investors. Currently, Anli is the Development Analyst at Epic Foundation, a venture philanthropy that leverages giving solutions for individuals and corporations to support high-impact social organizations tackling youth and children issues globally.

Elle is a Latine sustainable fashion advocate based in Chicago, IL. She believes clothing can be a gateway to a more just and humane world. In her free time, she writes for her ethical fashion blog called Sustainable Amor, spends quality time in nature, and organizes her local community.