Sustainability And Its Impact On The Environment

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Sustainability can be defined in numerous ways. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, sustainability is based on the belief that everything we need to survive directly and indirectly depends on our natural environment (2015). Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions in which humans and nature exist (United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2015). For the purpose of this proposal, sustainability will be addressed from an environmental aspect, as well as an economic aspect. It is important to discuss the impact that apparel choices have on the environment. Many students may be unaware of how their clothing choices effect the environment. There are many reasons why knowledge of sustainability would…show more content…
According to an article in the International Journal of Consumer Studies, the philosophy behind these “fast fashion” retailers is that lower prices stimulates consumers to spend more (June et al., 2014). As opposed to purchasing fast fashion, students should research the slow fashion movement. The International Journal of Consumer Studies also gave a brief description of the slow fashion movement by stating, “It is a socially conscious movement that shifts consumers’ mindsets from quantity to quality, encouraging people to buy high-quality items less often” (Jung et al.,2014, p.510). Although high quality fabrics such as silk, linen, and cashmere may be expensive, they have a positive effect on the environment (Brunza, 1993). All these fabrics are grown from natural fiber and are not man made. Cotton is the most common natural fiber and can be found in most inexpensive clothing (Brunza, 1993). College campuses are doing their part in shedding light on the importance of sustainability. According to Connell et al., “Higher education’s response to sustainability importance provided a range of activities, including, but not limited to, campus greening, student activism, and development of academic programs and courses” (International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2012, p.394). However, there is a lack of sustainability research that is discussed in the actual Apparel & Textile programs in universities and colleges. In an article
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