Climate Series: Fast Fashion and the impact on the environment

  • Video Report by ITV Channel's Richard Pallot

Clothing is something many people love to invest time and money into, but the impact of our shopping habits is having on the planet is becoming increasingly apparent.

'Fast Fashion' is clothing that is made cheaply and quickly with the aim to get the newest 'on-trend' styles to market as fast and as cheaply as possible.

However, these garments are often discarded or degrade after only a few wears.

In the run-up to next month's COP26 - a global climate change conference - ITV Channel has been looking at ways we can all reduce our environmental impact here in the Channel Islands.

Acorn in Trinity, Jersey is a charity which aims to cut down on the amount of clothes that we sent to landfill by either repurposing them, selling them on second hand or training people to do certain skills like sewing.

Acorn Enterprise in Trinity sort through bags of clothing that can be resold. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The fashion industry produces the same amount of green house gasses as aviation and shipping combined.

Acorn use some of the textiles and fabrics to reuse and modify items.

On average Acorn gets up to 30 deliveries of clothing a week, however, less than a third make it to the resale rail. Those that do not are sent to the UK to be shipped out to third world countries.

Volunteers at Acorn sorting through some of the clothes. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Emily Smith is a fashion vlogger and advocate for second hand clothing. She has gone two years without buying any new clothes with the aim of slowing down the fashion industry.

  • Emily Smith shares her top 5 fashion sustainability tips

Emily is trying to encourage people to look at the labels to see what the garments are made out of and which contain high micro-plastic like nylon and polyester.

Emily speaking to Richard about plastic contents in clothes. Credit: ITV Channel TV