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

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Fast fashion is a major contributor to the world's clothing waste problem. Many of us give our old clothes to charity or drop them in a store take-back bin, but you might be surprised to learn most of it is sold and can end up in the landfill. To read more: http://cbc.ca/1.4493490 »»» Subscribe to CBC News to watch more videos: http://bit.ly/1RreYWS Connect with CBC News Online: For breaking news, video, audio and in-depth coverage: http://bit.ly/1Z0m6iX Find CBC News on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1WjG36m Follow CBC News on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1sA5P9H For breaking news on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1WjDyks Follow CBC News on Instagram: http://bit.ly/1Z0iE7O Download the CBC News app for iOS: http://apple.co/25mpsUz Download the CBC News app for Android: http://bit.ly/1XxuozZ »»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» For more than 75 years, CBC News has been the source Canadians turn to, to keep them informed about their communities, their country and their world. Through regional and national programming on multiple platforms, including CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, CBCNews.ca, mobile and on-demand, CBC News and its internationally recognized team of award-winning journalists deliver the breaking stories, the issues, the analyses and the personalities that matter to Canadians.
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ZombieMommy (12 hours ago)
This is why I like the artistic coats, hats, vests, dresses, scarves, blankets, quilts, art, etc. that are cut from cast off clothing and sewed together to make a new garment. There are many people who do this on Etsy. Some are affordable. They actually really reuse the stuff.
johny bravo (14 hours ago)
"People from Canada and America... they are actually a bit huge"
《PattiRose》 (20 hours ago)
My old clothes end up at Goodwill 🤷
jill Mahaffey (1 day ago)
Recycle colthes gross, hope they still don't over charge..
Janet Jones (1 day ago)
RECYCLE THEM TO AFRICA + ASIA...They a much needed there...BUT, this country is so dumb to know these things....!!!
Orifiel-M (2 days ago)
I'm sure others have already commented this, but one option is to learn basic sewing skills so you can keep fixing/upcycling your old clothing. For people who have funds to spend on a lot of fast fashion, maybe slow down on the purchases and use that money to invest in a sewing machine and sewing materials instead. I myself am guilty of buying fast fashion, but I haven't thrown away a single garment of clothing for the past 12 years. I've been sewing since I was in high school and have continually taken apart and resewn all my old clothes into modern trendy attire each year. I'm wearing a peplum style shirt right now that is made from three different fast fashion tops from 2006-2007. So while I do splurge on fast fashion brands, everything I buy often ends up assimilated into completely new articles of clothing a few years later. Anything that gets too worn out to be wearable gets turned into household rags or built into seat cushions, headboards, costume props, etc. Hell, if anyone reading this has old clothes they don't want anymore, instead of dumping them at Goodwill, just send them to me because I'll find a way to use them, lol.
That's so Dagzii (3 days ago)
Depop. It honestly a good way to ease the situation even a little bit
Lauren K (3 days ago)
Holy carp
Madi B (3 days ago)
I do most of my clothes shopping at thrift stores, and last week I got a brand new, with factory tags, Nike tank top with built in sports bra for $5! Score! Lol
Animallover3541 (4 days ago)
I’ll definitely be more careful! I’ll try to turn old clothes into stuff I can reuse too...
Omi Manni (4 days ago)
sometimes i just want to live in a plain white and black house and not work and just be left alone forever
Elizabeth M (2 days ago)
Life is full of living colours! Go out and find the beauty in this world! :) Best, e.
Lillian Lin (4 days ago)
Why not send to refugees or poorer country?
Alksandra Pawluczuk (5 days ago)
It supposed to be recycled not sold
Stephanie Halim (5 days ago)
so they sell donated used clothes to people in need in developing countries.disgsuting.smh
Greg Letter (5 days ago)
Thou shalt not wear mixed fabrics so they can be recycled easier
Latha 111 (5 days ago)
I have bought only one dress in the past four years, and received two dresses as gifts. Stopped buying anything for me just because it is beautiful and cute, . I think I am in the right path although I have a long way to go. Minimalism is the only answer.
Sideshow Kaz (6 days ago)
I kind of wish they would try making paper out of textile waste. They used to make paper out of clothing material so it could work for stuff that just cant go anywhere else.
TheDeextra (7 days ago)
Ugh h&m is such bad quality
Norah Ismail (7 days ago)
GREAT!!!!!! Please make follow ups to this topic.
Cee Looo (8 days ago)
FASHION NOVA
A Green (8 days ago)
Its just never ending :(
Sunset Cliff (8 days ago)
No one thought to make rags out of some of that?
hitler's tittymilk (8 days ago)
watching this and just finished sewing my own shirt
mercy Jackie (8 days ago)
There are many who lack basic clothing in many african countries, especially in the rural villages......why not give those clothes to them?🤔
Eccentric (8 days ago)
Donate to 3rd world countries or reuse them as rags to clean with, and not waste paper by using bounty
Olivia (9 days ago)
70 new clothing items per year!! I don’t think I’ve bought 70 new items in the last 10 years. I don’t think I own 70 items of clothing! the stuff I do buy comes from thrift shops... It’s what I already knew happened with old clothing, but nonetheless this was pretty soul destroying to watch
Shelray Sam (9 days ago)
So how do I request for free unwanted clothes so that I can recycled on selling in the communities? I wanted to teach teens to learn to values our earth and help them get away from pear pressure! Any helps?
Shelray Sam (9 days ago)
I knew that! That is sad for most of us does know or care.
Susie Q (10 days ago)
good reporting -has anybody told Meghan Markle about this?
Sanam Khushnaseeb (10 days ago)
The saying goes one persons trash is other persons treasure. So dont waste any abundant resources simply circulate it by donating giving in charity to the needy in time. Use wisely the resources. 😎
Mijita Chula (12 days ago)
Well, damn. I'm from Mexico and I'm blessed enough to be able to afford other things than fast fashion BUT when I'm in a "rush", say, a wedding I have no dress for and I haven't saved enough money then I go to a place called "pacas", named like that cause it comes in packages, and it's a non stablished market like that one in Africa where you can buy the cheapest clothes ever. Literally less than a dollar for each piece. My country is one of the ones that receive fast fashion donations to be resold (since we are a developing country... that I don't see developing much xD), and a long time ago I made myself the promise I would never buy fast fashion again after watching "the true cost", also I know the conditions sweatshop workers have to deal with here in Mexico so that just seemed the next thing to do. But I don't know how it never came to my mind that those clothes in the "pacas" came from the same place. I thought they were regular thrift store second hand, so a person, an individual got rid of them, some small business collected them sold them "in bulk" in first world countries to someone that would bring them and somehow they ended up in my country, in my hometown. I also thought some of it was waste, pieces that couldn't make it to the stores for some quality issue (as if quality mattered to them "fast fashion brands"). I never thought this horrible brands were being paid twice for an item while they don't pay their manufacturers even the cost of making clothes once. And I'm angry cause I've been giving my money to this people anyways even when I thought I wasn't. Those CEO's are the devil and everyone enabling them is damaged (not people who buy, I mean everyone involved in the chain of getting clothes from the baskets to my town). I'm buying only from people I SEE making clothes from now on, and also I'm having my clothes made to measure even if that means I have to spend more money and spend a while wearing ridiculous somewhat wasted outfits.
Lucy (12 days ago)
I am a reseller. I find good used clothes and shoes, refurbish and resell. Does reselling help or hurt? America buys second-hand clothes too; We buy from China. They produce clothes so cheap USA cant competes. Quality is poor and its disposable. Even "high end" comes from China. Money money money and how we look on the outside have become our god.
Janice P (12 days ago)
When I hear trade wars will drive up prices, I think, maybe that's a good thing. Not so much consumerism. Going back to a time I remember as a child where you treasured your new Christmas outfit and your new pajamas.
Ame (12 days ago)
All they do is make it so they can get as much money out of it as possible. They don't care about the earth! Why would they! They are rich! They don't have to deal with the problems that are caused by it. All they want is your money
Joshua Prado-Saccoman (12 days ago)
H&M uses the old garments and burns them.
Irene Ghadi (12 days ago)
Am Kenyan, this is so true and horrible!
Ginger Ale (12 days ago)
And they are banning straws!!!!😠 They should ban diapers! If you want to keep popping out future slave goyim! Use reusable diapers! If mothers really love those babies!!!!
Anh Vu (12 days ago)
Then donate ur clothes to places that will sell it back for cheap, or donate it to very poor people like homeless or orphanage. Plenty of people dont have the luxury to buy new clothes
bangbangtangahwei (13 days ago)
a lot of it sold in indonesia. a lot of poors dying for them. i would be happy to get those from japan since most of them are high quality. i cant buy new made in japan fashion since they are so damn expensive
Liam Tweedie (13 days ago)
In the past it was art, you had things made specifically either for your job or for your style and specific size. and everything was good quality, nothing was mass produced or fast everything was done by humans on machines but hand. minimalism and high quality can solve this problem, less you own, the less produced, less waste. fashion used to be simple, but now its too much choice. I have no problem with variation, but too much choice is bad. fashion about about a personal statement of how you look and feel and present yourself, now its just cheap slave labor for a quick profit.
Mr. Niu Si (13 days ago)
Be a male: wear the same Tshirts and jeans for 5 years. Like a boss.
The Watcher (13 days ago)
Less is more simply put!!!
nvaranavage (14 days ago)
I will say that as much as I hate the idea that donations are being sold overseas, at least some of the items are giving market sellers a way of life in other countries but what I don't like is the fact that even there some are being thrown away or burned.
nvaranavage (14 days ago)
Cheap equals more items ripping faster due to inferior products. I have found that if I pay more money for a product I am more likely to take better care of it ensuring more wearing time. The last item of clothing that I got rid of I refashioned into a skirt because the only thing that was wrong with it was a really bad stain on the dress bodice part.
Isabelle Ip (14 days ago)
dumb designs end up with loads of dumb
Vannesa Silva (14 days ago)
Wow I buy at least 100 new pieces of clothing a year
Mary Noveloso (15 days ago)
These items doesn't usually end up in landfills in the Philippines. Yes, we get them too and sold them for a $1 or so, but the ones that can't be used ends up recycled as: bags, rugs, potholders etc. There was a woman who even started a company out of it.
lita slon (15 days ago)
Interesting
Ruth (15 days ago)
70??, WTf... I hardly buy any clothes... if I buy 10 garments a year.... ...🙃, So far three shirts. A pack of underwears and two bras that I desperately needed.
Heather Bergstad (15 days ago)
So sad. I know many people that have had house fires or like flooded areas could use free clothes
Freedom Flyer (15 days ago)
Why not give donations to Africa
Zach Waddill (15 days ago)
Shredded and used as stuffing.
Elizabeth M (2 days ago)
Like stuffed animals instead of sawdust :)
M X (15 days ago)
I've literally only bought three new jeans and a handful of underwear/socks over the past 5 years...
Kaylynne Hoelscher (16 days ago)
They should donate the stuff to third world countries that need help with walls they would definitely appreciate them.. I bet they wouldn't care what goes out of style and what's in style
bangbangtangahwei (13 days ago)
exactly. a lot of poor fisherman wesr those stuff. but its illegal to sell it (to protect our local textile industries)
Karen Lee (16 days ago)
Homeless people don't care if the clothes are out of style lol there just glad to have something to where
demon hunter (16 days ago)
People buy to many clothes because they have the money in a first world country.
demon hunter (16 days ago)
I wonder if these clothes can be exported to third world countries.where people can't afford clothes.
Meli s (16 days ago)
what do you do if the clothes you want to get rid off is too worn out to donate or to sell?
Heidi M (16 days ago)
Why aren’t these unwanted clothes being donated to third world countries who have nothing before being sent to a landfill... what a waste. This could help so many people/families
Victora Taylor (16 days ago)
It's called Mexican blankets that in the cold states big Time needed wow LA is lost in fashion world gone just wiped out
jin sandchez (16 days ago)
Also to add some people think they are too good to wear clothes someone else has worn or don’t like the idea someone has worn it. I mean when you go in stores to try clothing on a person has probably tried it on too.
maya Engel (16 days ago)
THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE
Neneth Augosto (16 days ago)
Old clothes to bring in local market we call ukay-ukay 😊
Jeff Bryan (16 days ago)
How come CBC disables comments on Retardeau's grope vids?
Elizabeth M (2 days ago)
Did his eyebrow that ran away show up yet? Or flee somewhere for asylum fro his face? lol! :)
Aina Malngiang (16 days ago)
In Meghalaya there are many second hand clothes. It is also a growing concern that it might turn our city Shillong into a dumping ground of clothes came across the country. Sometimes if more second clothes are not sold then it can turn more unwanted clothes to dump. We must there is not so much of influx of old clothes
Matthew Watson (17 days ago)
I wonder if I could buy some of the clothing from landfills and use them for my crafts.
your mom (17 days ago)
if your donating clothes with clothes, shrunk, stains, smell then why wouldn't go to the landfill? you want to donate to thrift stores and expect them to take clothes that can't be sold. yes some stores will display those clothes but no one will buy them. plus everyone brags about hood thrift deals so it makes them higher the prices to retail cost.
Ash Maunder (17 days ago)
This sounds like an advert at times for h&m, the brand is just using these campaigns to justify their mass production of clothes
Turbat G (17 days ago)
Now I'll feel guilty everytime I buy a clothing
Da Dabbler (18 days ago)
Two Words Textile Hemp! By far better then cotton, or blends, softer than wool. Also much more durable. Invest in textile grad hemp Canada/America.
Da Dabbler (18 days ago)
Society has access to the current largest network for local, national, and worldwide coordination, and can't thunk up a way to handle surplus items. The middle ages is on the phone, they want all these people to get back were they belong! Outreach, both physically, and web network in your immediate community, state/providence /region, then nationally. People need to get wise to the desperate tactics of these megacompanies. It's the same thing with electronics, Tech companies have been called out on holding slightly upgraded devices for up to two new models before announcing them, to be sure to sell as many of the previous versions. I read that in Japan, and Hong Kong they have mobiles that owners can buy repair parts for, as well as just buy upgrade components. First, the masses are bored, then wowwed, they become jaded, then they are sedated, go to sleep, dream, and "wake" to find they're dream for sale "for cheap". Why do people pay so much to keep up? If you'd ever like to chat I can offer some revelations from the perspective of a ChronoComm Entities Perspective.
Da Dabbler (18 days ago)
I have a few proposals for excess textile. Both gently used articles, and threadbare articles.
drink bleach (19 days ago)
If your a Mexican you know that "giving your clothes" means leaving it to your younger siblings 😂
wendy dominguez (19 days ago)
I used to work at a textile recycling plant. We would save all of the wearable clothing and recycle the worn out clothes. Before working there I never thought about what happened to my clothing after donating it.
Crazy World (19 days ago)
We are Garments Manufacturer Reply me if anyone need cloths
Hannah Sy (19 days ago)
I wear my mom's old clothes from the 90's....good thing it's considered fashionable now! ;)
ivan hartanto (19 days ago)
Thank you! It gave a broader perspective regarding clothing waste and left over clothes! Hopefully good things turn to you after explaning this positive mindset to around the world!
Agnė Menšikovaitė (20 days ago)
That's why I wear donated second hand clothes. It helps the environment and the clothes are wearable.
Spanish with Lara (20 days ago)
So what should we do??
Rose Stewart (17 days ago)
Spanish with Lara buy quality and focus on classic pieces that you can wear forever or sell for a decent price at a consignment shop Justine Lecompte has a great YouTube channel that covers a lot of these topics. Fast fashion isn't meant to last. Some of it can't even be washed once.
DIY GIRL 55 (20 days ago)
i would take anyone’s old clothes, i’m always making new ones out of them or other things like pillows & buying new fabric is always pricey ):
Ammy Kamontip (21 days ago)
I lives in third country for developing and all of this clothes come to our country .It all look likes the trasure .
Janet Wood (21 days ago)
I hardly ever go shopping, and still I end up with way too much clothes! I always wonder about those women that shop ever weekend!
Ashley Maria (22 days ago)
The best place to give your unwanted clothes donate to Value Village Savers.
Millie (22 days ago)
Maybe salvos and other thrift shops should lower the prices of there clothes, especially since there 2nd hand and so much goes straight to landfill.
seledne (24 days ago)
I have never seen a second hand shop in south america....
Lily Franvie (24 days ago)
I mostly buy clothes that can last me long and have a simple style so I can wear it for a while.thats why I don't have a lot of clothes and I use all
NicoNicoleinTokyo (24 days ago)
This is very interesting and eye-opening. I shop at H&M quite frequently. I live in Tokyo and its difficult to find clothing that fits me that is affordable. Pretty much all of my wardrobe is from H&M because of this. Thrift shops are not very common here. Most Japanese people don't like ANYTHING second hand. If I were still in the U.S. I would probably frequent thrift stores instead but living in Japan I'm in quite a pickle :/
bangbangtangahwei (13 days ago)
NicoNicoleinTokyo really? i heard a lot of them even leave their old cost outside their home and a lot thrift store when im googling
ExtraordinaryLiving (24 days ago)
Because I am thrifty ... I hardly ever throw my clothes away (because I truly *LOVE* what I bought), yet I still like some new stuff occasionally ... after a few decades, I have a houseful of clothes, LOL!
Bryan Nguyen (25 days ago)
I think you need to fact check yourself. If clothes were just given for free to Africa or devolving nation then it would end up hurting their economy. If people are just given free clothes, then what would happen to the clothing businesses there.
Sabrina Hollis Bench (3 days ago)
Bryan Nguyen excellent point
Miu (26 days ago)
They are BURNING them? We suffer from global worming and they emissions and pollute more air??? >:( Great. Just great. Like ok I get it that they are reselling things, thats how the companies can at least earn some money from somewhere since Canadians aren't ready to pay as much. But this is not only not sustainable, it's damaging the environment.
陈北宗 (26 days ago)
Minimalism is the solution here. I am a guy, and I usually stick to just cotton tee and jeans, plus an overcoat or a blazer if it is chilly. I have 6 different going-out tees, 4 pairs of jeans, 2 blazers and 2 overcoats, and I repeat them until they became moderately tattered. Jeans are patched and worn until patching becomes impractical. Tattered cotton tees are my sleepwear and I can wear them to disintegration at seams, by which they are then used cleaning cloth. Blazers and overcoats are only worn in the colder months, so they can last much longer - in fact I would still wear the blazer I bought in high school if it gets cold now.
Ani Mater (26 days ago)
I always think having kids wear school uniform would save parents having to buy so much clothing, but I was told No this ruins individuality of Canadian kids! I grew up wearing a school uniform and it was great not having to grow up being vain to go to school (where you should be focused on your inner self and brain).
Rose Stewart (16 days ago)
I wore a uniform and I live in Canada. It's so much easier for kids and there are still ways to be an individual...especially after school. They change after school anyways. 😂
Rümeysa Özdemir (22 days ago)
Yes! exactly! my primary school and high scool had a school uniform and it is way better i think. because the distance between the poor students and the riches goes, also saves money and you can be more focused on your school life rather than thinking about the the clothes that you are going to wear next day.
Luxyglamlife (27 days ago)
My mother who’s Nigeria told me back in the days all the clothes they are so called donated isn’t even donated. They sell it to the poor people in the village . Crazy!
bangbangtangahwei (13 days ago)
Luxyglamlife same with indonesia. those charity being sold
Jayson Milan (27 days ago)
She wolf.
Avery George (27 days ago)
This is why I love Japanese kimono, ( I practice kimono dressing as a hobby) a kimono can last 3 generations, minimum, and traditionally made using natural and lasting dyeing and weaving methods.
Abigail Feller (28 days ago)
Theese people be buying 400% more clothes than they need while i have 400% less clothes than i need XD
bairuta08 (28 days ago)
Why don't they just give that stuff away to whoever wants it. There are so many diy people who can make amazing stuff from old stuff. I would take a lot gladly. Carpets, rugs, furniture, gift bags, pillow cases, decor elements, i could make so many beutiful things. It's not a problem of people, it's government problem, they make it so difficult for us to get access to these textiles...
Bluebell (30 days ago)
I have those same blue pj pants from joe fresh and yes they shrunk so much they no longer fit! I no longer buy pj pants from the super store.
LilR R (30 days ago)
This is so sad..
BurgundyandBlue1111 (30 days ago)
I grew up wearing my brothers' hand-me-downs (I am female, so that annoyed me at the time) and sewing or gluing or patching up everything else. In our family we wore clothes until they were unwearable. We made beds for our pets with the totally worn out clothes. Once a classmate gave me two bags of clothes that she had outgrown. At first I was embarrassed. Now I see it was a good thing and I got some nearly new clothes that didn't add to a landfill. In my "abundant" (wasteful) adulthood, I have been donating to Goodwill thinking that is the best thing to do with my old stuff. I will rethink my actions going forward.

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