In a world where fashion is constantly changing, fast fashion brands such as Zara, C&A and others have gained a large market share due to their ability to offer the latest trends at affordable prices.
However, in Mexico, the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (Profeco) has issued a warning that, despite the convenience and affordable prices these brands offer, there are significant consequences for our society and our planet.
Reduced durability of clothing
One of the focal points of Profeco's warning is the alarming decline in the durability of clothing in fast fashion. One of the main concerns Profeco has pointed out is the speed with which these fast fashion brands produce new collections.
In times past, garments could last for years, but now, we find ourselves in an era where clothing becomes obsolete in a matter of months. This raises a number of important questions about the quality of the products we are buying.
Profeco urges us to pay special attention to the synthetic fibers used in fast fashion. In many cases, these garments are made of low-quality materials that not only wear out quickly, but also have a negative environmental impact. The production of these fibers leads to high consumption of natural resources and contributes to water pollution and carbon emissions.
Low-wage factories in Asia
Another aspect highlighted by Profeco is production in low-wage factories in Asia. Fast fashion brands often choose to manufacture their collections in these facilities, which has a direct impact on labor exploitation and the environment. Mass production and low wages can lead to poor working conditions and a larger carbon footprint due to transporting products over long distances.