[Marxism] Fast Fashion's Environmental Impact by Cintra Wilson | The New York Review of Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Feb 12 16:43:04 MST 2020

Thomas writes with fact-heavy authority, in a series of travelogue-style 
reports, about the ecological calamity of the fashion industry. Global 
consumers buy 80 billion articles of clothing each year, but far more is 
produced; up to 20 percent of mass-produced clothing does not sell, even 
after big price knockdowns. These unsold goods end up being buried, 
shredded, burned, or carted off to landfills by the producers. Fashion 
production consumes a staggering 25 percent of all of the chemicals made 
on earth and is responsible for nearly 20 percent of worldwide water 
pollution; almost 90 percent of fresh and seawater samples contain 
microfibers, which have even been found in Antarctica.


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