The True Cost of Cheap Clothes

May 15, 2020, 8:00 am (EST)

The True Cost of Cheap Clothes
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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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It is estimated that the trillion-dollar apparel industry is responsible for about 10% of global carbon emissions, and is the world's second-largest consumer of water.

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