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The fabric making people forget about fast fashion

June 24 2018

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Fast fashion is a term most people have heard of, but can’t quite wrap their heads around. Let me break it down for you in three phrases: mass-produced, low-quality and uber-cheap. While this current state of fashion may be easy on our wallets with tees at H&M selling for less than a Big Mac burger; is spending less worth paying more on environmental restoration? 

A report published by the MacArthur’s Foundation reveals the fashion industry creates greenhouse emissions of 1.2 billion tonnes a year; more than international flights and shipping combined. If your jaw hasn’t dropped already, the fact the industry is second only to oil in industrial pollution will surely have you gaping. 

Here’s another shocking fact to whip out at the dinner table: the textile industry uses 98 million tonnes of non-renewable resources per year. Don’t believe me? Imagine the sheer amount of oil required to produce synthetic fibres, fertilisers to grow cotton and chemicals to dye textiles.

Only twenty years ago the Ganges river in India and the Citarum river in Jakarta were spiritual waterways locals depended on for fresh drinking and bathing water. Fast track to 2018, where the Citarum has become so toxic it bubbles, and the Ganges has transformed into a blackened river of thick, poisonous sludge, all because of textile factories dumping acids and dyes directly into waterways.  

Every time someone invests in a piece of fast fashion, the ticking time bomb on our planet’s health loses another second. Do you really want to play a part in destroying the world’s finite resources just because that cute Zara blouse is ‘calling your name’?? 

I didn’t think so.  

Thank the heavens almighty the demand for ethical fashion is skyrocketing as the harmful nature of the industry is dawning. Designers are turning to renewable materials to limit the impact of their garments, all the while consumers are becoming more ethically conscious. RP Skirts have hopped on board the ethical train to a sustainable future, using superpower fabrics in their equally powerful designs. 

Tencel is an advanced fibre extracted from natural plantations. The material has a closed-loop production process as it transforms wood pulp into cellulosic fibres. I know what you’re thinking: that’s great for the environment and all, but what are the wearable benefits? You’ll be pleased to hear the material resists bacterial growth, meaning it absorbs moisture and has soft, breathable qualities. Tencel is also less prone to wrinkles, meaning no matter what the work day throws at you, your outfit will always be on point. 

The outer layer of an RP Skirt is made from virgin wool, which is stronger than recycled wool. Blended with viscose and lyrca, the virgin wool is naturally breathable, water-repellent and durable. What more could you want? Perhaps a rayon twill lining, another natural cellulosic fibre that is (1) insanely comfortable, and (2) refuses to pull.  

Next time you’re tossing up between fast fashion and a quality garment made from ethical fabrics, think about purchasing something that will benefit both you and the environment. It’s a win-win and a step toward a sustainable fashion future. 

About The Author

Kayla Wratten is currently in her third and final year of a Bachelor of Journalism at Queensland University of Technology, minoring in Fashion Communication.  Her ideal day involves reading Vogue or Frankie with a cup of green tea by her side, dreaming of exotic travel destimations and catching a yoga class.  She loves nothing more than writing about her passion for fashion, interviewing designers and sitting front-row at Brisbane's runway shows.  You can read more of her work at

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