How fast fashion adds to the world’s clothing waste problem (Marketplace)

How fast fashion adds to the world’s clothing waste problem (Marketplace)


[ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: This is
“Marketplace.”>>Whoa.>>Pajamas, old dresses.>>Oh, my gosh!>>Charlsie: Where do all
your old clothes really end up?>>Ultimately, it is going
to end up in a landfill.>>Charlsie: We follow
the trail around the world. The high cost of fast fashion. This is your “Marketplace.” I’m here checking out some of
the biggest fashion chains in the world but I’m not
shopping for new clothes. I’m actually trying to get
rid of some of my old ones. So these are my
all-time favourite sweat pants from college. These, I washed them and
they totally shrunk. These were also super cheap. This is just like
an old tee-shirt. It was black at one
point in its life. Some retailers are on a mission. They want your unwanted clothes,
and some are competing with charities for it. There’s a new bin in town and
the message is clear: Don’t throw old clothes
in the garbage, dump them here. They’ll take curtains,
they’ll take jeans. They’ll even take
your old underwear. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: Drop off old
clothes and get a coupon to save money when
you buy new ones.>>Charlsie: But before I
part with my old clothes, I’ve got a few more questions. These bins sure
make us all feel good. But are they doing as
much good as we think? Look at this! Look at these bags! Most of us are like the
Bretons and the Palmas in Markham, Ontario. Somehow, we end up
with too many clothes.>>Emily, what’s in here?>>Old clothes that
are too small for me.>>Charlsie: They purge
a few times a year, normally dropping their
haul in a charity bin.>>Whoa!>>Stuff like these
have, like, holes in them.>>Charlsie: This isn’t
just a pile of clothes. It’s now a pile
of textile waste. And we want to show the kids just how big the
problem really is. [ ♪♪ ] Are you guys ready to go inside
and see what happens to all those clothes that you donate?>>Yes.>>All right.
Let’s go inside. [ ♪♪ ] Go on in, take a look.>>Whoa! [ ♪♪ ]>>Clothes!
>>Clothes!>>That’s clothes.>>Clothes.
>>Do you see that?>>Oh, my gosh.>>Clothes!>>That’s a crazy pile.>>Charlsie: And get this,
all of this is what’s leftover, the stuff no one wants. The stuff that
thrift stores can’t sell. All those clothes you
guys piled up yesterday, this is where it can end up.>>It’s a lot of clothes.>>It wasn’t what I
was expecting to see.>>Charlsie: One warehouse,
more than 200,000 pounds of textile waste each week. And that’s just from
in and around Toronto.>>Across the country, we’ve got
nine other locations similar to this one. The last year or two years,
probably a 15 to 20% growth in the overall volume of
textiles that are coming in.>>Charlsie: Tonny Colyn is the
head of donations for Salvation Army Canada. So, how do you think fast
fashion has impacted…this?>>All of this. It’s had a massive effect. And all of that stuff
has to go somewhere.>>Charlsie: The dads
of these two families, Michael Palma and Norman
Breton can’t believe it.>>Their coats or
boots might be okay, but they want something new.>>If they need or if they
want, it’s a big question. A lot of times they want
stuff but they don’t need it.>>Charlsie: Still, we can’t
seem to get our hands on fast fashion fast enough. Cheap, trendy,
disposable clothes. And we’re even
bragging about it.>>And I ended up with
a bag full of clothes.>>Charlsie: We’re all
buying too much, 400% more, since the 1980’s.>>The quality isn’t all
that great but the prices are fantastic.>>Charlsie: But not all of
our old clothes make it to the donation bin. Most of it, 85%,
ends up in landfills. In North America,
it’s estimated to be at least 25 billion pounds a year. In Canada alone, imagine a
mountain three times the size of Toronto’s Rogers Centre Stadium
where they don’t biodegrade easily because many are made
with fabrics that can’t be broken down. Releasing chemicals and dyes
into our rivers, soil. That’s part of the reason why
fashion is one of the world’s top polluters. So in the last few years, some
of the biggest names in the business, Levi’s, Nike,
Adidas, Zara have started
recycling programs. All retailers with donation bins
in stores calling out for your old garments. But none go as far as H&M,
they will take anything, jeans, curtains, even underwear,
just check out their ads.>>The thing that you never
wore, this and this and that. The thing with the colour that
wasn’t your colour, bring it on.>>Charlsie: This is one of
H&M’s latest ad campaigns.>>Cut your jeans into pieces
and make new jeans out of them.>>Charlsie: “Cut your jeans
into pieces “and make new
jeans out of them.”>>With your help, we literally
turn your old clothes into new garments.>>Charlsie: “We literally turn
your old clothes “into new garments.”>>Garments in the worst
condition can be transformed into insulation material or
textile fibers woven into cloth, reborn as fashionable
new clothes of every conceivable kind.>>Charlsie: What do you
think about recycling clothes?>>I think that’s amazing. That’s a great plan.>>Charlsie: We’re talking
about recycling clothes. What does that make you
think is happening to the stuff?>>I think maybe it’s, like,
like, refurbish the clothes and, like, get them
to look new again.>>Charlsie: What do you
think happens to that stuff?>>Doesn’t it get recycled to
make new clothes from the old clothes?>>Let’s shred it into fibers
and stitch it into something new. The only thing we
will not do it waste it.>>Charlsie: Bold
recycling claims. They sound great,
but are they really? [ ♪♪ ] [ Flight Attendant
Over Intercom ]>>To try to find out,
we head to New York City, one of the fashion
capitals of the world. [ ♪♪ ]>>With jackets, you always
have to check the lining.>>Charlsie: Meet
Elizabeth Cline, an anti-fast fashion crusader. Because of what she knows,
she only wears used clothes. It’s made her a pro at
assessing cast-offs.>>On a coat, the first thing
you would do is make sure the zippers work. Especially fast fashion, like a
lot of the fasteners will break and chip really quickly.>>Charlsie: We show her H&M’s
marketing and ask her what she thinks about making new
clothes out of your old ones.>>Shred it into fibers and
stitch it into something new.>>The reality is that currently
only about 1% of clothing is actually recycled and the
very literal sense of the word.>>Charlsie: 1%?>>1%.>>Charlsie: 1%…is recycled?>>If you’re talking about
recycling in terms of taking fibers and breaking them down
and turning them back into new fibers, it’s 1%.>>Charlsie: Why is it so hard
to just take my old shirt and turn it into a new one, why
can’t you just do is that?>>A lot of our clothes are made
out of blended fibers, so maybe this is acrylic and wool
and cotton mixed together, maybe my tights are
cotton and elastin, that makes it
difficult to recycle. The other challenge is that when
you recycle cotton and wool, it diminishes the quality of
that material so it weakens the cotton and wool strand and
gives you a lesser product.>>Charlsie: Bottom line, the
technology just isn’t there yet. It’s way too expensive and
too time consuming to make new clothes
from old ones.>>It’s also a more skeptical
side of me that knows that the reason why H&M is focusing on
textile recycling is because it’s an easy
sustainability win for them. It doesn’t involve them changing
their production model at all to collect clothes and make sure
that they get a second life. It doesn’t make the fast fashion
system anymore sustainable.>>Charlsie: Experts agree fast
fashion needs to change if we really want to
make a difference. Remember when fashion
had four seasons, winter, spring,
summer and fall? Now the trends
change almost every day. Here’s how this Swedish
clothing giant CEO explains it.>>They have new garments coming
into the stores almost every day so if you go to an H&M store
today and come back two days later, you will always
find something new.>>Charlsie: H&M salespeople
tell us new clothes come in every Monday, Wednesday,
Friday, and Sunday. That works out to half a
billion products a year. And it’s why H&M’s recycling
campaign makes Claudia Marsales so mad.>>It really is a
form of greenwashing.>>Charlsie: She’s the head
of Markham, Ontario’s waste programs,
one of the few Canadian cities to actually ban
textiles from landfills.>>In order for the fast fashion
outlets to recycle what they make, it would take
12 years to recycle what they sell in 48 hours. Like it’s just– it’s just–
so that sort of tells me it’s really more about
foot traffic, marketing, greenwashing than about really
addressing the broken business model of fast fashion.>>Charlsie: We asked H&M to
come on camera and talk about their recycling program. They declined, assuring us
they don’t want to encourage a throw-away attitude. Their clothes are good
quality and made to last. And they are working
towards a business model where, eventually, all their
clothes can be recycled.>>At least they’re trying?>>Yes, well, but they’re a
cause of the problem so fast fashion retailers, their
business model is the problem. They’re making too much,
they’re selling it too cheap, it’s disposable clothing. Doing a bit of back-end
recycling and a bit of commercials really
doesn’t address that issue. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: And ask some
customers one of the things they love most about the program? It’s the discount. That incentive to keep buying.>>I put it in the bin and
then they give me a discount, I saw it and it’s like oh, snap. You know, um,
it’s a way to, like, you know, like, help me and
help them at the same time.>>Charlsie: What do you mean
when you say help you and help someone else?>>Um, help me by, you know,
saving money and help them by providing free
clothing for them.>>We just chuck it in
the bin and they did offer, like, a $5 discount.>>Charlsie: H&M might be
collecting your old clothes. More than 55,000 tonnes so far,
but if they’re barely making new clothes from your
donations, where do they all go? These shoppers have a theory. Where do you think those
clothes go that you put in H&M?>>They probably go to,
like, people who need them, probably like shelters or other
places that use the clothes.>>Probably give it for free,
or something, to, like, the
people that need it.>>Charlsie: Where do
you think that stuff goes, what do you think happens to it?>>Hopefully to just
some needy people.>>Yeah.
>>Mmm-hmm.>>Who still want
to be fashionable.>>Charlsie: Many of us think
our old clothes are given to the less fortunate. Wrong. And maybe you’re telling
yourself that to feel better about buying more, too. Well, Cline coined
a term for this. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: What’s the
clothing deficit myth?>>So, the clothing deficit myth
is the idea that when we give clothes to charity, they’re
going to go to someone locally in our community in need. But in the era of fast fashion,
there’s far more unwanted clothes than there
are people in need. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: The Salvation Army
knows all about that. Remember, this is all the stuff
they can’t sell at their stores. So what do they do
with all these leftovers? They sell it– to a middle man. And the retailers do the
same thing with all your donations, too. In Canada, H&M gives the money
it makes off your donations to UNICEF. Here’s the thing. All textiles are worth money. The stuff that’s in really rough
shape is shredded for painter’s cloths or insulation, for
example, then sold. But the majority of all donated
clothes are shipped overseas to developing countries
and they’re sold there, too. Not donated or
given to needy people. And if you think that means
it’s not going to end up in landfills, think again. We follow the trail of
your old tee-shirts. Around the world.>>The black stripes
here are from Canada.>>Charlsie: You can’t
afford to miss this trip. This is your “Marketplace.” [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: The real
deal on your “Marketplace.” [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: We love
our clothes. Now so cheap, you can make a
different statement every day. These things are $3? $5. But they come with a huge cost. Part of the reason why
some fast fashion chains, like H&M, say they’ve got
recycling programs like this.>>The Earth simply cannot bear
so many clothes ending their lives as waste. H&M has a far better answer.>>Charlsie: But we learnt less
than 1% of the world’s used clothes are turned
into new ones. The majority of those donations
from retailer and charity bins are baled and sold overseas. [ ♪♪ ]>>This is Nairobi, Kenya, the
country at the top of the list when it comes to
buying your old clothes. Kenya is one of
Canada’s best customers. In a given year, they buy more
than $20 million worth of our old clothes.>>All the rest with
the black stripes, the black stripes
here are from Canada. These are a variety
of kids clothing. This one is a jacket. Ladies tee-shirts.>>Charlsie: Maina Andrew
is a used clothing importer.>>People from
Canada and America, they are actually a bit huge.>>Charlsie: Scenes
like this aren’t isolated. You’ll see them all over Africa,
South and Central America. A lot of this is stuff
Canadians donated for free, only for it to be sold here
for profit to vendors like Alice Nyansarora Anunda, who
brings it to her local market. They call the clothes,
“Mitumba.”>>No, that one, it’s
just a nickname we gave it, “Mitumba” means, “Old”
in our culture.>>Charlsie: Nearly
13,000 kilometres away. But take a closer
look and there they are. The names you know. AEO, Zara, Adidas, H&M.>>The way we open bales, we
know plans where there’s new clothes, especially
those which come from Canada.>>Charlsie: But Andrew notices
many of the clothes are low quality, tough to sell.>>We just dump them. If people don’t buy
them, we just dump them. [ ♪♪ ]>>They do go in
the piles of garbage, very many of them.>>Charlsie: He says this
happens regularly right behind the market, discarding and
burning clothes Canadians don’t want and neither do Kenyans.>>Sometimes they pack
even very old items. You can even pack items
that are not even good, and they end up dumping
them in Africa or in Kenya. [ ♪♪ ]>>Yeah, we burn them and it is
a lost work because we have already bought them. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: All those popular
brands in the crowded markets, Elizabeth Cline
has seen them, too. She’s been to Kenya.>>There are a lot of different
companies around the world that are working on textile recycling
in the truest sense of the word, but it’s really in
the very early stages. Whether it stays in the United
States or if it ends up in Africa, ultimately it is
going to end up in the landfill.>>Charlsie: We tell H&M
about this Kenyan market and all the fires. They say its middle man
I:CO, which handles pickup and distribution of their bins,
has really high standards. But they are still working
on building a better tracking system so this
doesn’t keep happening.>>Dumping is always cheaper. It’s always the cheaper option. There’s only one solution. The producer of the clothing
is responsible cradle to grave. So they make the tee-shirt,
they sell the tee-shirt, the tee-shirt comes back, they
have to recycle that tee-shirt. They can’t put it in a
third world country.>>As far as South
Africa is concerned, we banned secondhand clothing.>>When a country
survives on secondhand things, secondhand clothes, it means
there’s something wrong with that system.>>Threatening the survival of
the local textiles industry.>>Charlsie: And now many
of those countries are fighting back. East African countries sent
the world a message recently. They don’t want our
hand-me-downs and tried to ban them. Their government said
it was destroying their own textile market.>>Secondhand clothes are
quite cheap and any manufactured textile would not be
able to compete with them.>>Charlsie: And despite
everything you just watched, Cline says H&M group is a
frontrunner in sustainability efforts.>>Compared to other
brands, they are leaders. I don’t know what that says
about the rest of the fashion industry, that a fast
fashion chain is at the top of that list. Just know that your textile
waste is an environmental issue. Textile waste in landfills
is one of the fastest growing categories of waste, and
it’s such an easy thing to do something about.>>Charlsie: So what should you
do with all your old clothes? The answers, coming right up. Do you have a story you
want us to investigate? Write to us, [email protected] [ ♪♪ ]>>The high cost of
fashion on your “Marketplace.” Do you ever impulse buy?>>Absolutely.>>Charlsie: What was the last
thing you bought that now you see, and you’re like,
“What was I thinking?”>>Clothing always.>>Charlsie: On average, we buy
almost 70 clothing items every year. That means we’re buying
new clothes every week. What did you buy?>>A lot of stuff.>>Charlsie: Did
you need anything?>>No.>>Charlsie: Just looking around
and you bought a few things.>>Yes, I bought lots of things. Leggings, shirts,
socks, underwear.>>Charlsie: Most of these
styles will end up trashed in landfill. Fast fashion is a big
part of the problem, but we don’t have to buy in. So this is 50%
polyester, 50% cotton. It’s really hard to separate
those fibers and make new stuff.>>You bet.>>Charlsie: Do you know how
many litres of water goes into making a single pair of jeans? Almost 4,000 litres.>>Wow.
>>Whoo.>>That’s crazy. [ ♪♪ ]>>Charlsie: And sometimes
just seeing the waste makes a difference. These families swear
they’ll change their ways.>>They want to look
at the cute things, things that look good but
not necessarily good quality.>>We have to– we try to teach
them to use their stuff until it’s worn out.>>Charlsie: Speaking of
waste and consumption, I’ve still got my bag of
clothes to get rid of. I don’t really know where
the best place is to go with my stuff. And I think people at home who
see this are probably going to have the same question.>>Some people like
to swap the clothes, so that’s the
first line of defence. If it’s in really
good condition, you can take them to
a consignment store. You can also donate to
a reputable charity. Do your research on who
you’re giving your clothing to. Don’t buy so much.>>Charlsie: So bottom line,
when it comes to your used clothing, don’t throw it away,
try and give it to somebody who can actually use it. Hey, girls, does
anybody need a tee-shirt? No, you sure? Black dress pants? Hardly ever wore them. This is cool, right? Zipper in the back.>>I think I’m okay.>>Charlsie: Any chance you
want to return yours and take these ones.>>No, thank you.>>Charlsie: They’re a
size small. I wore them, like, twice.>>No, thank you.>>Charlsie: No?
>>No.>>Charlsie: Do any of you need
a pair of pajama pants or know someone who might want these?>>I’ll take them.
>>Charlsie: Tee shirt?>>I’ll take them.>>Charlsie: Any chance
you want a pair of Levi’s?>>Sure, size 6, me.>>Charlsie: Awesome!
>>Awesome.>>Charlsie: There you go
and they won’t go to landfill this way.>>No.>>Charlsie: Maybe there is
no perfect solution to this complicated problem. But if there’s something I’ve
learned throughout this process, it’s that there is
something I can do and, for me, that will
mean buying less. [ ♪♪ ]>>Announcer: A special, year
longMarketplaceinvestigation. We go undercover,
inside nursing homes.>>I was…>>Announcer: Families
fighting for better care.>>Die, die…>>Woman: My poor mother.>>Announcer: Has long term care
reached a crisis point?>>Oh, we’re
way past that. I think we’ve been
in crisis for years.>>If this happened
in a day care, that day care would be
shut down in five minutes.>>Announcer:
How to fight for better care, On the nextMarketplace.

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100 Comments

  1. Check the marketplace website for more tips on what do with your old clothes here:
    http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/blog/want-help-on-what-to-do-with-your-old-clothes ^nr

  2. Burn all the clothes and convert the chemicals produced into eco-friendly ones. That is better than recycling clothes

  3. Goodwill outlets they sale by the pound. Awesome finds for really low cost. I buy most my clothes there . I go at least once a month and I get 20 items for like $7

  4. If u want to give to needy give to Food pantries.. Not good wills. Like Catholic charities they give their clothes to people in need! Also just google an call local food pantries. Those people are so poor its sad. Before i was working I depended on them for help for my daughter n I. Will never give to a good will again

  5. There is another reason as to why clothes don’t break down easily, there’s plastic. Many clothes you buy include different types of plastics in it. So, when you burn clothes, there could be toxic fumes harming you too so, there really is no way out

  6. Justine LeConte is a good sustainable designer, very opposed to fast fashion. She has a great YouTube about fashion, style and so on.

  7. 70 items / year? well, that's not much. i buy 70 items / month, usually recycled items worn several times or outlet clothes that westerners don't want.

  8. Is not only about buying less. Is a bigger problem than that. Even if i want buy little is useless if 90% of the clothe is trash. I spend a little more trying to find something wich last me years like before but i wash it one or 2 times and is not even my size anymore. Also i notice they start smelling bad after you wash them, maybe the chemicals, and you cant use it. I have so little clothe, i really needed a new t shirt because i want start doing exercise but i didnt buy nothing, because even the stores are full, they are full of beautiful trash and i cant spend money buying new things each week. I rely on the same 2 or 3 old t shirts for the whole year. Is the same with jeans more formal clothe and all clothe in general. Even if you juts want to buy what you need all is becoming expensive cute trash.

  9. I donate all my old clothes to either family friends or a local thrift store where all the donations go to a local church.

  10. Third world countries are having cheap stock to provide their needs . it's a great help for them that comes from rich countries. Otherwise it would have been hard for them to face bitter winter season. Thanks to the ppl who donate and the ones who send it to under privlidged countries

  11. Please give these clothes to poor people in different parts of world 🌎, Africa, India, Europe they would be very happy to wear, there are many needy people in the world 🌍

  12. I only have 5 Gamis (muslimah cloth)
    For going out.
    4 Long sirt..&4 long pan I wear daily.
    That is enough.
    Only for every Hari Raya I bought cloth's.2-3 pcs .

  13. Why don't they send it to other charity or make blankets out them donate the blankets or sell some blankets donate money to some were

  14. In my mind fast fashion brands like H&M are just like these asian sites that sell bad quality clothes for really cheap, the difference is that people trust internet less than shops where you can go and see the clothes directly

  15. This is the flip side of openness and globalization. Freedom (capitalism) works well for consumerism, which, secretly, we all like and practice in one form or another. We despised communism – granted, leaders became tyrants, too many people suffered and got tired, so the whole thing failed. Basics were way too scarce (I vividly remember me and the whole family staying in infinite cues) but most were local and of good quality, minus the food… soy instead of meat, watery milk powder instead of milk, etc. Food was rationed. // So, in just a few decades, we went from one extreme to another. We're all waiting and hoping for something in between, or for some genius to come and change the world. Keep waiting. // It's more likely that we'll see megatons of garbage orbiting around Earth at some point, than real change on it.

  16. Now, I don't understand why there has to be people who are cold and doesn't even have clothes to wear. Where have we gone wrong, WORLD?

  17. Never saw even top that cost 3€ or dollars (no matter),how are they making blues for those money,the cheapest what I buy for my girl from C$A or Zara are 15-20€ for one(at some occasions you can buy 2 for summer).

  18. I have been a minimalist for 15 yrs now. If I need something new ( a couple of things every 5 or 6 yrs) I take my old one replace it with new one . Use old one a cut up rags .

  19. There was a time clothes were expensive and we're an investment. Time to make it and the quality of the fabrics people kept them and resused them. This is why if you like to make a statement, learn to sew and make your own customized clothing that will last. If you don't have the means to do that, a thrift shop will have some quality clothing at a reasonable prices. It may also need minor alterations to make it fit you but it may be worth the little cost.

  20. we make Rag Rugs from old clothes.The textiles live on for a few more years as a functional rug on my floor somewhere in my home. It was how they used old clothes back in the 1800s.

  21. you are buying too much… I'm not 😅…. I never seen something like this in my home country, it's first world country issue…. 🤯

  22. There are enough places in the world where clothing your family is a big problem. Where I come from in Cuba, kids don't even have the essentials, only a portion of these clothes would be a great help for the island. Please help!

  23. Thrift stores are now charging WAY too much for their clothing (that they're receiving 100% profit for) so I have to Really like something before I'll pay the almost store prices for it. And when they can't sell it, they should offer dollar or free bins.

  24. This is bull. The majority of that clothing gets cut into rags and used in industrial facilities. The story doesn't even it…

  25. My church has an event called Vision Day. Basically, every church member that has something extra (Money, books, clothes) that are still usable, were asked to donate all of that extras to the church, and the church will distribute them to all the church volunteers that works for the church every week. I think this is one of the best way to reduce clothing waste. But me myself, i pass almost all my usable clothes to my relatives. Thankfully, my families and my relatives were so happy to receive that.

  26. I use my fast fashion to learn how to sew once it's too beat up to wear in public. I also make rags to wash the car with. :/

  27. Here we are donating clothes to charities and stores and they are reselling them to poor countries? I come from one of those poor countries where they sell second hand American clothes and it's so disgusting to see how much they've raised prices on those. You're better off buying new clothes than second hand.

  28. still money making schemes.. l mean Africa sells them…but why not give them to the poor instead of dumping… still not right.

  29. I like to take my donations to the mosque by my house for people there. I know they can use it and I feel better knowing it’s free unlike when I donate to Salvation Army or goodwill. I myself have taken donations people have put in our mosque, and I have seen many people taking stuff I’ve put there too, so I know it will go to good use.

  30. It’s a huge shame to donate ripped or torn up or stained clothing. Don’t do that! People who take donations are humans too and deserve respect. Don’t act like underprivileged people deserve garbage.

  31. Into landfills is bad…my observation over many years is….salvation army is making a pretty penny from all the donated cloth, their prices can also b high….second hand cloth are big business.!….I know of many businesses that buy contents of donation bins, sort the stuff, the good stuff goes into their shops, the rest goes to market where private buyers and on- sellers fight over it…there are a lot of Africans buying, to send to Africa…the stuff that didnt sell at the market, goes back to their warehouses to be sold by the kilo, they say the unsellables get turned into cleaning rags…there are other people that collect stuff from the streets, and sell on….personally I think its great, to avoid these things going to landfill..

  32. I've just returned home after a day spent sewing. A friend and I used a single duvet cover no-one wanted to make 2 pairs of shorts. there's enough material in an unused double duvet cover to make her pants and a matching top. We may have to go back to the old ways of learning to sew and making our own clothes that will last a lot longer than the fashion stuff that falls to pieces after a season or two.

  33. I am a women and buy new clothes every 2 months because I like fashion. I have closet almirahs full of new clothes and still want more because that is a necessity

  34. Ok. All clean clothing ought to be recycled. For example, all the good parts of the T shirts, the backs of the T shirts ought to be used, cut in squares, and be resewn into sheets, (patches), for the homeless. Save the wastage. Make quilts. Provide employment . Check with Mr. BLOOMBERG, OF New York city.

  35. My whole thought was: give them to the homeless and less fortunate and the ruined clothes could be cut up and made into blankets and quilts for the homeless and less fortunate.

  36. Those people live in Africa, they piss me off. As you see no one is buying old clothes. So why are you throwing clothes and burn them? It is better than you can give that little kid that doesn't have something to wear.

  37. This is why I refuse to watch vloggers “hauls” videos…. it disgusts me and they won’t get profit from my viewing it

  38. This is exactly why i sew most of my own clothes. I will wear it more often and keep it for a lot longer if its a garment i spend my time and energy into making

  39. H&M, made to last, as if … bought a pair of jeans, in 6 months the fabric was tearing apart. Went to a store to complain, store manager told me it was normal tear, wtf? Never again. Glad my mom stiched them and im streching their lifespan.

  40. Some company in sweden makes madrasses from recycled fibers. They also seperate diffrent fibers from each others. for diffeent use.

  41. I don’t like used clothes. I love fast fashion. And I donate to people I know will wear it or to thrift stores. I never throw it away.

  42. They should open up that Goodwill warehouse with all the unwanted clothes & let lower income families be able to pick clothes that they need 🤷🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️

  43. we're doomed slowly. no one can force people to stop buying clothes and no one can't stop companies to selling them

  44. In third world countries, those stores considered branded items and very prestige, I never had branded clothes. But I still feel guilty on how I spend money to shopping habits after watching this.

  45. Thrift shopping should come to India too, majority of middle and lower class will purchase, unfortunately it's not there.

  46. Dear god, $7 used jeans for me, and I'm so glad that I don't have kids. The least damage that I can do the better, some kid in Bangladesh won't drink polluted water or have skin rashes from the alkalis in the rivers.

  47. I think we should first do about those youtuber who do clothing and makeup haul video and said themselves fashioninsta or whatever. Seriously it is very dangerous for environment. Every person should think abot this. Buy when you need.

  48. I make cat beds out of my old clothes or fabric, and give them to local shelters. that way I can be sure no one sells them over seas xD

  49. Why aren’t they shipping it to Africa and South America where they would make excellent use out of do much of this stuff. Trust me, I know!! I send to South America and they keep asking for more for others who have nothing.

  50. I like how the old woman says “don’t buy so much” but at 20:41 she has about 10 brackets and rings on. She needs to stop buying jewellery

  51. Africa should send it back to Canada, let them dump unwanted clothes on their own lands.
    No country should be seen as a dumpster by another country.

  52. The last time I bought new clothes was back in 2007. I take really good care of my clothes and they still look brand new. When I buy clothes it’s not about what is “in style” I buy what looks great on me. I grew up poor an my mom always took such great care of our clothes. I love that she’s passed that down to me.

  53. It’s crazy when I see ppl buying new swim suits for each year when there is nothing wrong with the 9 they already have.

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