The fashion industry is actually one of the most polluting industries in the world. Just google it. Whether it is through pesticides on cotton farms or the toxic dyeing process to make your super chic black top, the industry actually causes a lot of pollution and waste. When you're getting compared to the oil industry, that's bad...
No one is telling you not to wear clothing or go shopping. However, I think it is reasonable to ask that everyone be mindful of their purchasing habits. Remember that fast fashion & continuous cheap purchases to follow "trends" lead to some of the most toxic decisions. Everything that is cheaply made cuts corners. Including your clothing.
Now can everyone afford that fancy sustainably made cotton tee?
Possibly. If you can... do it to it.
Can people afford second-hand or recycled vintage?
Most of the time, yes. May be good to start considering these types of purchases.
Can everyone just buy what they only need?
Most likely not. Everyone needs new things often. I get it...
The beauty of the fashion industry is there are alternatives to fast fashion. Shops like Wasteland or Crossroads. Sellers through Etsy or Poshmark. Thrift stores like Thrift Town or Savers. Flea Markets like Alameda or the Rosebowl. Vintage alternatives like Raggedy Threads or Desert Vintage. Upcycling ambassadors like Where I Was From, Reformation or our future sister shop, Cotakara. Point is there are options. Diversify & stop feeding into the cheaply made ASOS junk.
I'm taking a stance on sustainable fashion.
Maybe you should too.