Fast fashion and sustainability amongst Chinese millennials

Cong Hu, LayPeng Tan

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For many consumers, fast fashion garments are affordable to buy and to throw away. Eighty billion pieces of fast fashion clothing are sold worldwide yearly, and three out of four are discarded to landfills after their short lifespan, creating a significant environmental impact. This study explores the role fashion plays in their daily lives, and what sustainability means to them. Seven focus groups were conducted in China for it is the largest clothing markets in the world and for its unique cultural characteristics. Findings show that Chinese millennials generally lack awareness of the environmental impact of fast fashion. Fashion plays a key role in self-expression, Mianzi and is an affordable instrument they can use to gain social acceptance in a collectivist society. At the present stage of their lives, fast fashion seems indispensable even when they come with an environmental cost.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationANZMAC 2019
Subtitle of host publicationWinds of change
Place of PublicationWellington
PublisherVictoria University of Wellington
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAustralian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference (ANZMAC 2019): Winds of Change - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 2 Dec 20194 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameANZMAC Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1447-3275


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference (ANZMAC 2019)
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


  • Fast Fashion
  • Sustainability
  • Millennial


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