Can We Put the Brakes on Fast Fashion?

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Happy Earth Day! If last week’s episode of ‘What Happens Next?’ caused you to reconsider your wardrobe or sent you on a donation run to your local op shop, you won’t want to miss part two of our investigation into the sustainability and ethics of fashion.

This week, our expert guests focus on the future we can look forward to if we slow down and make a conscious effort to value our clothes, rather than seeing them as expendable or faddish. The news is good – in response to fast fashion, the slow fashion movement is gaining momentum among Instagram influencers and the average consumer alike, and most labels are taking steps to keep up with that demand.

Host Dr Susan Carland is joined by MSDI’s Aleasha McCallion and Julie Boulton; Dr Eloise Zoppos, an applied researcher at the Australian Consumer and Retail Studies Unit in the Monash Business School; fashion editor Janice Breen Burns; and designer and Instagram influencer Nicole McLaughlin.

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A full transcription of this episode is available on Monash Lens.

‘What Happens Next?’ will be back next week with an all-new topic. Want to dig deeper into the challenges of the supply chain? Revisit our season 1 episode, “Swipe Right for Slavery”.

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