What Does Slow Fashion Actually Mean?

Is *Slow fashion the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. Does it encourage slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and zero waste?

Slow fashion represents all things “eco,” “ethical," and “green” in one unified movement… the ‘slow approach’ intervenes as a revolutionary process in the contemporary world because it encourages taking time to ensure quality production, to give value to the product, and contemplate the connection with the environment

Slow fashion is about consuming and creating fashion consciously and with integrity. It connects social and environmental awareness and responsibility with the pleasure of wearing beautiful, well-made, and lasting clothing (as compared to the immediate gratification of fast Fashion).

Whilst all these terms have intertwining similarities societal views differ on what they all mean.

For example sustainable Fashion has been summarised as important in reducing the amount of water , chemicals , energy consumption and the excessive overflowing of landfills. It can help us to reduce our impact on the environment, people and animals. Whilst Slow fashion, is known as a concept describing the opposite to fast fashion and part of the “slow movement”, which advocates for manufacturing in respect to people, environment and animals.

In contrast, and contrary to industrial fashion practices, slow fashion involves the employment of local artisans and the use of eco-friendly materials, with the goal of preserving crafts and the environment and, ultimately, provide value to both consumers and producers.

Similar to all of the above Ethical Fashion is the umbrella term normally used to describe ethical fashion in design, production, retail, and purchasing .Ethical Fashion thus covers a range of issues such as working conditions, exploitation, fair trade, sustainable production, the environment, and animal welfare and more.

These terms are all quite similar yet different people can have very different views on what they all mean. For the most part, they mean a new way of thinking about our clothes and the impact fashion has on the world. So what variations are there?