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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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Puthree吗那你 (6 hours ago)
Wtf not for charity 😭😭😭
Nathan A (1 day ago)
Why can't people just burn them to produce energy. Cut them in to rags etc.
Nathan A (1 day ago)
Be grateful people buy more than they need and donate to charity.
Nancy Baldwin (1 day ago)
So many problems with this. A lot of these garments are made of materials that are man made, like nylon, polyester. Putting them into landfill, or burning is bad for the environment. Companies should be banned from producing garments made of materials that are not sustainable. Garments are an investment. They should last you the majority of your life. One alternative is to shop online for garments from small companies that use natural materials.
william D ayers (2 days ago)
I dont buy clothes i got 2 pairs sweat pants 3 shirts 5 pairs underwear and a pair of 4 yr old shoes. all was given to me
Snow Frostborne (2 days ago)
The thing I buy most is boots and I go through a pair about once a year. It’s not bad since I only have 1 pair of boots at a time
Good Vibes (3 days ago)
People in Yemen and Syria need these clothes
Chrystal Bess Redding (3 days ago)
This series is eye-opening, I cried when I saw all that clothing on the streets of Kenya. Plus, this reminded me of my great-grandmother's wedding dress, which years later was redesigned to be my grandmother's prom dress, the rest of the fabric the seamstress made handkerchiefs for my grandfather. Years later the same dress was redesigned and my mom used it for her wedding. Last week my sister wore the same dress to her academic award ceremony. After grandpa died, the handkerchiefs were given to my dad. (They still look brand new). Perhaps, if more people could reuse and redesign their clothing and hand it down the world and people would feel proud.
usa gal (4 days ago)
Don’t buy so much and don’t waste. Don’t waste anything even water. God doesn’t like wasting anything. I try my best not to waste and remind my children as well.
Beverly L (4 days ago)
The only way to clean up the environment is to make producers take responsibility for any damage they create. Imagine chemical companies that have no responsibility right now being told they have to pay for clean up and you can imagine a clean world. Right now companies like DuPont have free reign on what they destroy. Read "The Ecology of Commerce" and the answers are there, lobbyists rule the world and it needs to stop. If these companies are forced to clean up their damage, they will change the way they do business.
Aside from socks & underwear I can't remember the last clothes I bought. Aside from two formal sets of suits with a few different colored shirts & ties for rare special occasions. A set of nylon coverals for the winter work. I think jeans are my most common gift request to others due to their toughness & insulation. Most of my t-shirts and even jackets have been free. If it hasn't fallen apart or disgusting it's not trash yet. The socks & shoe insoles and work shoes themselves are the ones I wish would last longer. Leather is too vulnerable & tears before the sole could possibly be replaced.
Tim peardon (7 days ago)
95& of my clothes come from the thrift shops,i have the best leather jackets,shirts,best shoes and am the best dressed person,looking real good too
Tea Ree (7 days ago)
I've been trying to tell my friends for years to buy durable and timeless pieces. It's hard to resist fast fashion when you see people in your life wearing something new everyday, but I'm glad to say I've been converted to minimalist fashion. You only need a few staples and a couple 'pops' to make countless beautiful outfits.
jean grey (7 days ago)
This is the best and most important video on yr channel. Thnk u for posting this.
sewing&co (9 days ago)
wow
JennyWinters (9 days ago)
Those textiles can be made into quilts, rugs, blankets. Thrift shops aren't thrift anymore either. They are selling used items for more than the price bought new so I don't even look at them anymore. I think making new household items from the fabrics maybe the answer.
Mrs.11 Nov (9 days ago)
In our country..those donated bales are called Secondhand bale and when they first open the bale its soo pricey for a secondhand..its very popular here too
Sins Digital (9 days ago)
this is why upcycling and reworking clothing IS the future.
vrjdvdheveb vsbs (9 days ago)
Yeah 1st world countries why nt solve ur own problems... No wait.. Ship them to developing countries nd make it their problem.. Nd make a goodwill out of it.. Well done..
vrjdvdheveb vsbs (9 days ago)
They take ur old clothes to give u sense of goodwill nd make u buy more new clothes...
Shubham Benani (9 days ago)
In country like India, secondhand cloaths are big market! In every city, there is a weekend market with these kind of clothes and they are extremely cheap! As sometimes cheap as $0. 20! So Middle and lower class families love to buy!
anita Simpson (9 days ago)
Research? Really?
I have never bought a cloth in the last 10 years. I buy things if i think i need them
Nathalia Bello (10 days ago)
If people only buy stuff when they really need, things would be a little better I think . I try to buy only when I need something, some years ago I donated lots of clothes to my church and the ones that wasn’t in good conditions I threw out. But I didn’t buy much more clothes since then, and I try to buy items that I can use at any place so I don’t need a shirt for going to church and another one for going to college or whatever . I have 3 jeans pants. I think the things that I have the most are shirts because I use them a lot , but I don’t think it’s more than 20 ( including “exercising” shirts ).
0230Raveena (10 days ago)
Forever 21 is also a problem.
0230Raveena (10 days ago)
Thrift. Thrift, Thrift.
Carly Nicole Townes (10 days ago)
What I don’t understand is why these can’t be sent to some homeless outreach, or disaster relief.
Kar K (11 days ago)
My grandmother wears some clothes for almost 50 years. 😂😂😂
ArcticFirepixy (11 days ago)
Buy less. Buy quality . Buy used
sundiii99OWS (11 days ago)
We should eliminate all of the fashion industry. We should have similar clothes like on Star Trek, but it has to be comfortable. I heard Star Trek clothes weren't comfortable or easy to wear.
Jo LAKE (11 days ago)
Kenya should use unsellable as insulation, or rugs or something useful. Americans can use old clothes to stuff pillows or some other crafty crap.
Marianela vega (11 days ago)
It's what they don't want more like put it at cheaper price 50 cent $1 and trust me someone will buy it.
Anna-Lisa Hackett (12 days ago)
Interesting, they are in nyc where soooo many people are homeless and in need of clothes. On my last trip to the big Apple, a man past me by on the street. Only a light long sleeve shirt, pants and thankfully shoes....in the middle of winter. It was a very chilly day with lots of wind. I wish I would have been able to offer him a coat or something. He looked cold. You would think that with all the clothing donations in the United States more would end up on the backs of people in need.
PatriotForThePlanet (12 days ago)
Where is the video from at 4:31? I am skeptical that shot is from anywhere in North America. Also, just before that, they mention that many things can't "biodegrade easily" because they are synthetic. Uh, no, they don't BIOdegrade at all. They might breakdown, but its is into microplastics.
nooria ghazanfar (12 days ago)
Hi very one . I would love to have all these clothes and to be able to send them to my country. There are people that need clothes and shoes immediately. Instead of thrashing them why not give them to the people that they can use and appreciate it . I am wondering if there is an organization that can help my to do that . It is really sad to see the kids have no shoes and they walk on the snow with barefoot and light clothing. We can use those clothes and shoes to bring a smile to those kids and make them happy. Please let me know . Thanks
Ronaldo Castillo (13 days ago)
SEND ALL YOUR TIRED, OLD AND DISCARDED CLOTHES TO ME.
Pink Lady (13 days ago)
Great information about used clothing. Just dump them old rags into the volcanoes.
Jenissa Vargas (14 days ago)
I need clothes so hit me up
Jin Li (14 days ago)
That's why I don't buy from fast fashion retailers like Forever21, H&M, Zara, Uniqlo and etc. These companies are making tons of money at the expense of our planet.
Anime Fan (14 days ago)
Why don’t they just give those cloths away to people who need it around the world?
Erica M (15 days ago)
Can someone summarize this video:
swag-gal (15 days ago)
Who cares what they do with it
Kim Lowe (15 days ago)
Take old t-shirt and make a bathmat with them
Diana DeBurr (15 days ago)
A lot of people write that thrift shops charge too much for their clothes. But think about it, thrift shop personell need to be paid, as well as paying rent for the building and many other expenses shop owners have. I think the solution to the problem is, STOP BUYING SO MUCH !!! Sew your own clothes, mend clothing, learn to knit, buy local, learn to wash delicate clothing by hand and when you HAVE to buy something new or special, buy clothes that are recycable and durable. Shine your shoes, bring them to a shoemaker for repair. Aw yes and to thrift shop owners, why try to do the right thing but offer your customers a plastic bag ? Encourage them to bring their own bag, even offer a percentage off the total when they bring their own. And also, wouldn't it be nice to have a seamstress/sales person on hand in the store to help with making small alterations ? It would be such fun to shop there.
SailorOdessa (15 days ago)
Cloths with Synthetic presence more than 5-10% should be forbidden.
linpeet (15 days ago)
How about the cloth companies set limited quantity for each new season? Please don't use recycling as your new selling strategy. And for our part, any one dare not to "updating" our wardrobe more than once a year?
wumingkkk (16 days ago)
3.58 This guy has a Youtube channel called "Alpha m".
Ella Larkin (16 days ago)
I give my good party dresses to my friends, I let them choose anything they want that I no longer wear, and I donate everything else to charity shops.
Aritzel Blanco (17 days ago)
I remember there's a really good documentary its up on netflix about fast fashion I can't remember the name though
ladybluu (17 days ago)
H & M doing it for the money, obviously.
Sherry Adjei (17 days ago)
KenyA your buying Canadian clothes and dumping in Kenyan land what
Carlo Jones (17 days ago)
everyone wearing ripped jeans send them to the trash sooner
Lovin'Life2016 (17 days ago)
"Takes 12 YEARS to recycle what they sell in 48 HOURS." duh
Can anyone send some links or websites who caters unused clothes? I'm from Philippines and we recycled some clothes sometimes we got from our friends and relatives. We make it as rags, mops, and etc. as long as we can still use those textiles.
Random Dude 101 (18 days ago)
I dont even go to fast fashion stores i shop at department stores once a month and thats it
Tiara Aussem (18 days ago)
Cabo'
T Y (18 days ago)
Carousell guys!
Susie Ballard (19 days ago)
I can not afford a $385.00 northface jacket. Does fast fashion mean cheap clothing from Walmart and Target?
Susie Ballard (19 days ago)
Do we really need fashion shows? Don't people go to the store and pick out their clothing anyways.
StarLight (19 days ago)
Goodwill must be the worst offender of this. That stuff is Given to them and then they charge an arm and a leg to people. Who that is really just getting by could afford to shop at a goodwill store??? These creeps (management) go thru the good stuff and keep it for themselves and anyone who works there has to pay full price! A friend who used to work there said that a lady came in with a small child who was just starting school and asked for a pair of shoes for the child and they said no and told her they would not give them,she had to pay, no exceptions. The lady left crying and my friend said he quit that same day as he said that was the nail in the coffin that did it for him. Just PURE GREED!
irisprincessmey (19 days ago)
Sell them on Depop or Poshmark or Ebay because some people who are shopping online would get something easier or quicker that way. And you as the seller will make a profit at home or could relax somewhere in LA or your dream city. I think clothing should be resold through the Internet. It is what other people would look forward to. Some people don't like leaving their house and going to a retail store. So, I feel like that would be the better way.
Catherine3385 (20 days ago)
David Lee Roth of VanHalen talked about this 15 years ago and how sad it was to go into African countries and everyone was wearing our cast offs and no longer was native garb worn
Ridhwan R (20 days ago)
Not just clothes. same goes for consumer electronics. and practically everything that depends on novelty and ferquent consumer spending. and oh also food wastage.
Azn Mike (20 days ago)
Id definately take those paja bottoms she was giving away and sniff the crotch real quick
Azn Mike (20 days ago)
Good thing ive had all the same clothes for years
Kristi Freiburger (20 days ago)
Why not just donate our old clothes to homeless shelters or partner with an organization that could ship them to people in needy counties?
Dark Soul (20 days ago)
There are so many people in need ... while tons of food and clothes are thrown ... It's not an individual issue, it's a lot more political than anything else... but as long as lobbying exists, it'll be impossible to fix any issue big or small
Baia forev (20 days ago)
Selling clothes too cheap? I mean I can't afford to pay $30 for a shirt or $50 for pants and a dress especially when I know about the mark-up
Dark Soul (21 days ago)
Fast fashion is a scourge ... bad quality... it makes your children grow with the idea that everything is disposable ... that the new is always better ... it erases the concept of fidelity... it has created a whole materialistic generation ... nothing is enough ... nothing is good for more than a season ... When you grow attached to your things... it makes you love the old, be nostalgic ... and makes you faithful, loving and caring... what fast fashion (either clothes or electronics) has destroyed.
Jennifer 2much4u (21 days ago)
The Best SOLUTION......WHY dont these places DONATE the clothes to places that don't have anything?????????????????????????????? many countries ALL over the world barely have 1 outfit to wear.......just like kids ALL over the place who don't even own a coat.......this whole thing is ridiculous. sounds like companies don't care about anything but what can make them more money......BUT where does ALL that money go that these places get from selling FREE donated items????????????? it's a sickening cycle of greed......they get FREE donations.....and then they charge crazy prices for USED items.....these stores would sell more, if they weren't being SO greedy.....I've noticed all these major thrift stores are turning prices WAY UP.....to the point, where i don't even shop at them anymore....it sickens me. they aren't even checking items that well.....they resell EVERYTHING....they have some pretty nasty, dirty, stuff with holes....I love thrift shopping, but the greed in these companies has gotten out of hand.....like, you can't buy anything without checking it first.....They have so many workers at every location.....but what are they doing if they aren't sorting out the JUNK ??????????????? it makes no sense.....I went to a dumpster once at a thrift store.....LOTS of perfectly GOOD items thrown away ((shoes that looked NEW))....while the store inside looks DIRTY and full of junk....smells like an old basement. Sounds like ALL these huge company owners need to come out of their mansions and realize the other side of the grass where it isn't so green.....explore their own company and learn what is really happening.....they need to be more aware, and make changes. The world is crumbling, because people just don't care like they should....Take a stand, before you don't have land to stand on anymore.....
green alien (21 days ago)
No hope for humanity
Manal Bouslihim (21 days ago)
When you declutter your closet you clothes should go to three places: - if they are almost new think about reselling them - if they are in good shape and you got bored of them, they no longer fit you or fit your style donate them to shelters, be it homeless shelters, abused women shelters or even to groupe homes. - if they are damaged, or thinned blankets and towels give them to animal shelters.
Irene Davo (21 days ago)
Should give them to Jigger Victims in Kenya
Free from Samsara (21 days ago)
Pause @ 7:14 & 7:30 I'll understand what I m trying to convey. Chinese lesbo nd white goy
Free from Samsara (21 days ago)
News repoter looks 100% lesbian
Free from Samsara (21 days ago)
White people nd chinese people are the one who wasting inu?erable clothes nd showing something else. What a hypocrites. Even the news reporter herself seems herself is yhe one who wasting a lots. What a hypocrisy world.
Midwest Kandi (21 days ago)
H&M needs to pay people for their clothing donations.
Borys Mądrawski (21 days ago)
Another reason to conclude that following "what is trendy" is the stupidest way the conscious person can do.
jacquesix (21 days ago)
And make a really nice quilt here and there... instead of buying another $5 blanket... Quilt ladies! Get out there!
In my family at least we can say that we give clothes a long life We are mostly women and different ages so we usually buy good quality and pass them from one to the next in age hahaha, personally I love used clothes, and we can keep an item up to 40 years in the family, believe me a have weared them
Whit (22 days ago)
H&M says their clothes are well made to last. 😂🤣😂🤣😂
Legodog890 (22 days ago)
Sooo these clothes either way getting clothes I'm so confused
Legodog890 (22 days ago)
Alpha m in this video LOOOOL
Legodog890 (22 days ago)
Why can thrift store sell them!!!
Legodog890 (22 days ago)
Thrift store???
Urban Nomad (22 days ago)
Don't donate to brand names companies .
Lee Heong Ow (22 days ago)
To date I haven't buy any clothes for 3 months after sorting the wardrobe.Gave 2 bags to my best friend and 3 bags to old lady who sell them for scrapes. One body to wear clothes only.How many can you wear at one go!!!
H U H (22 days ago)
Clothes should be more expensive , so more people see it as a necessity rather than a one day fashion statement
Caren Waweru (22 days ago)
Well this is no news to Kenya, most of the middle class population wears mtumba now talking of clothes waste you should see how some of the small towns are littered with unwanted clothes,its no shocker that Nairobi made to the list. On the bright side at least those second hand clothes are cheap and one still ends up looking nice although you'll have to spend hours looking for good clothes.
Dani (22 days ago)
I have a little sister and she's 10 years youger than me so no hand me downs for her since we live in a small apartment. I instead give them to my cousins and I don't always like those clothes so I hide them in the back of my closet because my mom will get really mad but then she sees the good side of when I grow out of them and give them to my cousins who will appreciate and like them and she feels better.
Jetsy Ruiz (23 days ago)
This is the reason why I decided to create my online thrift store (www.gurlove.com) . Come and take a look, you don't need to spend a fortune to look great, I focus on items that are great quality, and if they need some elbow grease, I take the time to fix it. I'm also working my way to minimalist although I have always been a frugal person.
Antonette Johnson (23 days ago)
What about the orphans, the poor, countries that needs it, hurts my heart that they r being thrown away. I grew up on second hand clothes
Donna Poole (23 days ago)
I reuse some of my clothes by making rags to wash dishes , clean .the house. I give clothes to a homeless shelter people in need .
I mostly buy second hand clothes at El Puche immigrants market in Almeria, Spain from 50c or 2 Euros from the stalls that buy the bales of clothes featured in the video. I just spent 2 months with my camper in Cabo de Gata and shopped there 6 Sundays. Bought some 100 items for the next 2 years. I buy some amazing top brand clothing that new cost over 50euro a piece. And yes most of the clothing unsold is burned in a hip at the edge of the market. The area is a small immigrants ghetto forgotten by the city administration. For years now I have adopted a minimalist reductionist lifestyle, so I spend about 200E a month, mostly on food, I learned it from the poor in Dominican Republic and in Cabo Verde. I am vegan, 52 but look 35, never been sick, never snoked, drinked, or drugs. Things to avoid: having children, marriage or co habitation, employment. They will compromise your integrity, as you will have to accommodate, conform and compromise. My carbon foot print is about 1/30 of the average European.
Heather Sack (24 days ago)
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SHORTY (24 days ago)
Those clothes can be sent to other countries and shelters here! There's plenty of people that need clothes!... If i don't make pillows from tee shirts or make bags from denim jeans....I give my clothes away to various family members... What may seem old to me is new to them that's because I keep the clothes in good condition! :-)Also I'd rather put clothes that I'm giving away in donation boxes around the city where people could just take them instead of having to go buy them! Sometimes outside of a church it's a good place to put them... Or donate them to a church if they have space! There are ALWAYS places to leave bags of clothes or better yet put them on hangers and hang them on fences at different places and put a sign that says free!...I buy my clothes I like to give away free!
YouPube (24 days ago)
Solution: nudist
vane moza (24 days ago)
Hey not ship them to country's in need?
MrsMika (24 days ago)
Great video! I wish this would be shown in fashion design schools. I do wonder are there any clothing lines that only use materials that are easy to recycle? Products that are made from just cotton, or just wool, just linen?
Peter Pan (25 days ago)
How about no recycling and just don’t buy cheap clothing and don’t throw clothes out.

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