Why your $8 shirt is a huge problem

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Disposable culture contributes to a lot of global waste and when it comes to throwaway consumerism the fast fashion industry is top of the pile. This video from Grist reveals why we need to ditch our love for fast fashion.

Narrator Eve Andrews explains that American consumers buy 20 billion new items of clothing each year, while sending 10 million tons of unwanted clothes to the landfill. Andrews says that:

“That shirt didn’t cost you very much at all, but it cost the planet quite a bit – to the tune of 1,320 gallons of water and approximately 9 lbs of carbon dioxide in its production and transportation alone.

“That’s to say nothing of the terrible working conditions that the people who make most of our clothes endure, earning next to nothing in extremely unsafe factories [and] perpetuating a cycle of poverty in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world,”

“That’s a lot of resources for one sh*tty shirt.”

Andrews’s No. 1 way for lowering one’s environmental impact is very simple and one that we’ve known for years: buying less. “It’s not doing something and it’s not spending money,” Andrews says. “And you’ll look fabulous doing it.”

Watch the full video here:

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Video Credit: grist.org

 

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