January means rebajas in Spain. Resist the temptation to buy clothes we don’t need, no matter how cheap!
Today's Climate Update
The High Price We’re All Paying for Those Cheap Clothes
It´s January, and that means rebajas! Clothes are on sale, and at these prices, who can resist grabbing a few bargains? But deep discounts come with a steep cost. Textile production is the second “dirtiest” industry after oil, and C02 emissions from fast fashion are expected to increase 60% by the year 2030, amounting to 2.8 billion tons per year. The industry is water intensive, diverting clean water from people who need it, and relies on harsh chemicals and dyes, which are major polluters of groundwater.
Fast fashion refers to clothes that are mass produced and cheaply made by outsourced workers, usually young women, who are exploited, underpaid, and working in hazardous conditions to cut corners. These clothes are cheap, easy to buy without thinking, and don’t last long. They’re not supposed to. The poor quality is intended to make the item easy to discard, without being reused, resold, or repurposed. In the US we send 13 million tons of our clothing to landfills every year. And then we’re ready to buy more.
What can we do? Resist the temptation to buy clothes we don’t need, no matter how cheap! Buy second-hand clothes when we can, and when we must buy new, look for items that are made from recycled materials, and invest in items that will last many years.
Second-Hand Shops in Seville: Humana, Ropero, Nostalgia.
Documentary Recommendation: The True Cost (Available on Netflix. Don’t have Netflix? Watch with a friend who does.)
Article by Natalie Snow Purinton
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Well, THAT was pointless.
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However, let us not forget to blame Mitch McConnell for his part in the whole long stupid ordeal.
CNN: You’re calling it a wall? (2 min)
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An interview with legal counsel for the oil industry.
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A domestic violence relationship rarely begins with physical violence, much less violence that rises to the level of a crime.
This Modern World: Life in the Stupidverse by Tom Tomorrow
On Jan. 17th, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez started the hashtag #whereismitch after looking for Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — whose priority, rather than reopening the government, was an anti-abortion bill that would disproportionately affect lower-income women. For now, his efforts were defeated.
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