Wearing the World Out

What’s the true cost of cheap clothes? Fast fashion has become a multibillion-dollar industry in recent decades, reshaping the world’s shopping habits. But the industry’s low prices disguise a staggering environmental cost.

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  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Director, Podcasting

Asher Ross - Supervising Producer

Markus Zakaria - Audio Producer and Sound Designer

Rafaela Siewert - Associate Podcast Producer

Episode Guests
  • Linda Greer
    Senior Global Fellow, Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs Beijing China
  • Elizabeth Segran
    Senior Staff Writer, Fast Company
  • Amber Valletta
    Activist, and founder, Master & Muse

Show Notes

These days it’s easy to shop for stylish and affordable clothing. With the development of fast fashion, stores are no longer bound by just four seasons; new items can be produced and sold every few weeks. But low prices and endless style choices have come at a massive environmental cost. In this episode, we explore how our clothes are manufactured, and the global trail of pollution they leave in their wake.


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The Troubling Ethics of Fashion in the Age of Climate Change,” Washington Post Magazine


The price of fast fashion,” Nature


How plastic from clothing gets into seafood,” Vox


It Takes 2,720 Liters Of Water To Make Just One T-Shirt,” Refinery29


Remove Toxic Chemicals and Fabrics from Fashion’s Supply Chain,” Business of Fashion 


The future of clothes: These 3 startups help you rent or resell everyday items,” Fast Company


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Fashion’s Crippling Impact On The Environment Is Only Getting Worse,” VICE News


The true cost of fast fashion,” Economist 


The Ugly Truth Of Fast Fashion,” Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj


Fashion,” Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

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