Replacing Toxicity with Sustainability

Toxic Materials of Fast Fashion & Sustainable Alternatives

To make a plant or animal skin into a fashion item, there are over 8000 chemicals used in the process. Chemicals are used at every step of the process - from increasing the production by making the soil fertile, to adding features to the final materials by treatments like waterproofing to increase durability.

It is no surprise that the use of these chemicals are hazardous to us and our environment. Discarded waste from factories which enters the soil and freshwater bodies around us can cause harm to us and animals. Toxic chemicals used in production also often remain in the products, coming in contact with our bodies. Prolonged use of these items can lead to absorption of the chemicals into the body, and hence can cause multiple health issues.

Fast fashion has given rise to a manic demand at extremely cheap prices. To meet this demand, producers are using more and more chemicals. But it's time to understand the health hazards these chemicals pose. Brands can reduce the harm by switching to sustainable practices. Newer methods are constantly being developed to ensure products can be produced in an environmentally friendly way. 

This report talks about the ill effects of many chemicals used in production process and the problematic fabrics which are in use today. It also shows alternate ways of countering these issues to shift to eco-friendly fashion.


  1. Introduction
  2. Toxic Materials & Harmful Effects
  3. Problematic Fabrics & Harmful Effects
  4. Sustainable Materials
  5. Key Takeaways
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