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Despite the fact that most people know that fast fashion doesn’t have a great track record for labor practices or the environment, it remains steadfastly popular. Fast fashion retailers like Forever 21, H&M, and Zara sell cute clothes for much cheaper than department store brands. It can be a tough habit to break.
Over the years, fast fashion brands have been busted for using child labor
, using factories that have majorly unsafe working conditions
, and even unpaid labor. Because fast fashion clothes aren’t necessarily made to last, they may fall apart or go out of style quickly and get thrown away, filling up landfills around the world. According to a 2016 survey
, the average American tosses out a staggering 81 pounds of clothes each year.
This past year, fast fashion retailers made headlines for all the wrong reasons, from unpaid wages at Zara to Forever 21 ripping off a fundraiser shirt. Here are six of the biggest fast fashion fails from the last year. May we all shop more sustainably