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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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Laura H (13 hours ago)
H&M takes all clothes no matter what condition. The clothes that are in good shape, I take to a donating center in my neighborhood, the ones with stains and holes go to H&M.
Alienmiep (14 hours ago)
in Germany there are huge containers everywhere where you can put old clothes, bedsheets and even shoes
I try to find people to give my clothes too who can wear them. Gym clothes I wear out and then cut them off for shorts. There are ways not to have such an excess, but it means buying quality not quantiy. It's not just textiles ... it is a throw away society. That's how industries make money. Teaching how to recycle things is best. I was just brought up to not be wasteful. I don't spend money on things I don't need just because it is 'in' for the moment. Just because you want it, doesn't mean you actually 'need' it.
Juicy B (17 hours ago)
Some ends up in the Philippines as Ukay - Ukay!!!
pold (1 day ago)
They are not trying (HM). If they give you the impression that it’s ok to buy clothes from them, more and more will people buy clothes from them.
Maddie Tannie (1 day ago)
I recently donated one of my favorite jackets. Now I kinda hate myself because there is a possibility that it is on fire at the moment.
Legodog890 (1 day ago)
I get clothes every school year thier was a donate box at my school but it gonna now idk they they removed it
Azucena Villanueva (1 day ago)
Send that cloths to mexico. Second hand cloths over there is expensive and to make a living with the little pay is har.
Marsha Vanessa (2 days ago)
I now have a different view on H&M
Mar (2 days ago)
Would there be any way to make the clothes biodegradable since these people really want to stick with their dang fast fashion but then again it's that just enabling
Mar (2 days ago)
Man screw fast fashion... love watching documentaries to be informed but gosh I feel depressed just watching this one😧
tammy donaldson (2 days ago)
Well, I know one thing for sure, my husband, does not contribute to much to this problem anyway..He has wore blue jeans and plain old white t's since we were just young teens...
Block Kingdom (2 days ago)
Buy less, buy quality
Ebony Lamb (2 days ago)
I've never been into fashion trends and won't buy new clothes until my old ones are worn out.
LQL (3 days ago)
So there's really no answer for this. Children grow out of clothes, even if you buy only what's needed. Back to the drawing board on ways to break down textiles.
Luz Figueroa (3 days ago)
I donate them because it literally kills me to have to throw them out because I work hard for my money. It’s like throwing away money and don’t have the luxury of doing that.
Natasha Pereira (4 days ago)
All these old clothes can be sewn together to make a blanket to distribute to poor countries. Some can be made to mop floors and tables.
Bailey S. (4 days ago)
I've never seen any of these "recycling clothes" bins or signs at malls or clothing stores. When did this happen? I give my old clothes to Goodwill or other Thrift Stores.
maria robles (4 days ago)
CRAP!! This is horrible, I will never buy more than i need, I PROMISED!!😲😢😬😨😔
Super609649 (4 days ago)
I used to work at value village. They are a FOR PROFIT dont donate
Elizabeth Start (4 days ago)
It also keeps people from buying used if there is less in the system.
Sophia Diio (4 days ago)
2019 anyone?
Divinity Angel (4 days ago)
Just to give you an idea. Some clothes are beingsold in asia.. Like philippines for a cheaper price... Not cheaper... Maybe... Cheapest... We call it... Ukay ukay...
La Faceelitah (5 days ago)
Whenever I travel to Mexico to visit family or friends, I always take an extra duffle bag packed with clothes I don't use anymore... there's always someone happy and in need of my dresses and jeans .
Mickey Kindley (5 days ago)
Waste not want not
LettuceTurniptheBeat (5 days ago)
HAHA!! "H&M claims their clothes are good quality and made to last"..... WOW!!!! Then they've never worn or washed their clothes before!
Julia K (5 days ago)
The worst thing is that even if you don't buy unnecessary clothes, they will go to the landfill sooner or later. The only remedy is to produce less, but it is almost impossible when companies are profit oriented. I am just waiting when all these issues will become a serious threat to our lifes and people will notice how careless we all were. Of course I'm constantly trying to improve my habits but i can be responsible only for myself.
char west (5 days ago)
Planned obsolescence --nothing lasts. It's all built to break down, rip, fade, etc. And as if that weren't enough, every industry from clothing to housing to furnishing to vehicles relies on putting down those who have older models. Antiques are out. Modern is in. Even things like emissions controls discriminates against older vehicles, perfectly good cars whose "check engine light" won't go out for one reason or another (perhaps nothing to DO with emissions) that are suddenly filling scrapyards. People don't THINK before they make "rules and laws" what the REAL effects will be. City planner rules about sizes of houses/rooms supposedly for "our protection" prohibits minimal solutions that people would be happy to implement.
char west (2 days ago)
+LQL Yes, but even those who think (or pretend) they're "doing good" such as emissions testing are actually ADDING to the problem.
LQL (3 days ago)
And if it doesn't rip, the hateful bastards will rip it for you.
Andrei Mezjoukhin (5 days ago)
No One of them want to deal with it!
ridhonna (5 days ago)
I only buy clothes from charity shops, beautiful quality item for the price of new t-shirt from H&M
joergen paguirigan (6 days ago)
Pumunta na sa mga ukayan ang mga yan
Sooo this is why my mum keeps telling me like 'you have to know the brand, make sure they last long enough so that you won't buy the same thing every 3 to 5 years. It doesn't matter if it's expensive. You're buying quality, not quantity' so here i am, still wearing my pajamas from 6 years ago but unfortunately my shoes couldn't last that long coz my feet are growing quite fast😄
how did they end up their I'll take some
wow still nice items still
we buy bail, 1400
come donate me I'm a reseller it's going to go to a few hands before it's absolutely not wanted
Ms. XO (6 days ago)
the answer is true organic biodegradable fabric: cotton, linen, wool, silk...
You Crusty (6 days ago)
yeah what is the real reason they want us to recycle......there is a catch and trust me you will not get it in this video ..............example facebook and the CIA...........go figure
yp (6 days ago)
send those clothes to countries who need them.
Agent J (6 days ago)
H&M clothes are the worst! That’s why I never shop there. I rather spend more to buy quality clothes that I can wear years after years.
Agent J (2 days ago)
LQL I must have shopped at the wrong H&M. Haha the cost for the quality & style of their clothes is too high for me.
LQL (3 days ago)
I have a 15 year old shirt from H&M that's still as good as the day I bought it.
THE INSANE 4 (6 days ago)
Old clothes is recycled for cleaning especially if it’s soft.
THE INSANE 4 (6 days ago)
I like classic pieces and quality clothing. I still have pieces looking better than recent purchases from the 90s. I stick to a color like navy and match almost everything in my closet to that one navy piece. My son doesn’t have that much because he’s in a growth spurt and I buy few articles of clothing. If he out grows it I donate to our friends with younger boys.
wish we had more Salvation army
Desire La Belle (6 days ago)
Old underwear ??? Yikes ... I bet pervert men would wants them...anyways used clothes get sent to all parts of Asia and its famous there to buy used clothes there...
bubble tea (6 days ago)
everyone should know about this :( they should show this in schools and unis
Noelle Gardner (7 days ago)
Only natural fibers should be used for clothing items, curtains, blankets, etc
Christine Rahardja (7 days ago)
H&M clothes quality are one of the worst. That’s why they are so cheap. It is not for long lasting wear
DIYWithDara (7 days ago)
I like that last older ladys ideas but honestly ive taken some of my clothes to consignment stores before and they barely wanted any of them and when they did they took like one maybe two items and gave me little to nothing for them. I have expensive taste and dont like cheap clothes and was still turned down multiple times by stores like that...
The thrifty stores toss a bunch of clothes into the dumpster as well as other types of items. i got friends who work at these deceitful stores.
Lisa Delvalle (7 days ago)
They need to STOP selling these items, and actually GIVE them to homeless people and those in shelters.!!!!! If they must sell , them it should be at $2 price tags! I am furious about this news.
Mora Young (7 days ago)
Good to expose the rag trade.
Hussain Mirahmadi (7 days ago)
They most likely are just interested in removing the consumerism guilt from their customers with such campaigns so they can keep buying stuff they don't need .
agun17 (7 days ago)
Mah boi alpha doing a cameo on CBC. Reminds me to buy some more Tiege and Hanley.
Petra44YT Nein! (7 days ago)
Well, isn't the reason for these "recycling" schemes obvious? They want your old clothes off the market so that they won't end up on eBay, and would-be buyers have to buy new clothes instead.
KawiLover250 (7 days ago)
Then there are people like me who use fast fashion because I cannot afford to spend $15 for a t shirt. I ask for hand me downs when I can but if I need a new shirt I but the $1.90 ones for myself so I can afford better clothes for my child and save for things I want like skin care products.
Mysan ShootingStar (7 days ago)
At least they can make some profit out of it . Better than being dumped in the ocean .
Claudia Arias (7 days ago)
Thats why i try to give to people in my community that need my old clothes.
4TIMESAYEAR (8 days ago)
Why this story is nonsense: because anything goes these days; clothes going out of style aren't the problem. And those kids outgrew their clothes.
Danice Lobrin (8 days ago)
Just buy one when you really need it, not because its sale. U save the environment and your money. Just give your old clothes directly to homeless people or less fortunate
Apashi (8 days ago)
Ohhh this makes me mad! Everyone wants quality over quantity for their clothing. We have no choice but to buy cheap things if that's what's available. Not everyone wants to (or can) shop exclusively at thrift stores. The industries needs to fix this. Thank you for the in depth video.
ShOoK tO tHe CoRe (8 days ago)
Wonder why that dude wanted girl pajamas >..<
Robin Lillian (8 days ago)
All the people bragging about buying used clothes should watch the video. Most discarded clothes never make it to thrift shops and end up in landfills in third world countries. Most clothes are made to be cheap and fall apart, so consumers buy more. Their bad condition when discarded mostly makes them impossible to sell used.
TheDiaryOfPatience (8 days ago)
Ppl are looking for clothes instead of looking for Jesus... that’s the solution.
玉城トリーナ (9 days ago)
Everything is a lie now.. Some of those big companies are greedy enough to sell that donated goods, tsk. Greedy greedy commercials full of shtty
Heather Sack (9 days ago)
Turn them into blankets for homeless.
m (9 days ago)
I didn't like shopping before but now I really NEVER want to shop again!!
Letty Guerra (9 days ago)
Best thing to do is to buy classic pieces made with good fabrics that last. Trendy stuff is made with cheap fabric. Yes good pieces cost more, but they last longer, wear better and don't go out style quickly. They can actually last a lifetime!
Letty Guerra (9 days ago)
If today's women cleaned and sewed they could use the old clothes as cleaning rags , car wash rags, or as filler for pillows and quilts. I tell you after watching this video I will definitely think twice before buying more clothes I dont NEED!
Nimra Asmat (9 days ago)
The funniest part is majority of these clothing items are sold to the third world people for about 50to60% of the original price. For example the H&M sweater that you buy for 10$ and donate later on is sold for 5/6 dollar. What's even more funny is that you get all sorts of crazy sales as well. So at times the percentage can be up to 60-70%. And for all the fancier brands like Nike, Addidas, or Levis, the middle man and even the seller knows these brands because after all it's a globalised world Which means they charge accordingly!
joaquim Rodriguez (9 days ago)
I haven't bought  new, in years.  old clothes  are great for bar BBQs night fires.
Jean White (9 days ago)
Less consumerism , equals less jobs, more slobs...more socialism!
Leticia Flowers (9 days ago)
so happy there is a recycling program!
NASCAR SPEED (9 days ago)
And i know exactly why asian kids were picked to educate on textile waste..
Vegin Chile. (9 days ago)
The lies you tell H&M.
Alan Sporre (10 days ago)
I've t shirts that 10 years old
Cx3 M (10 days ago)
I donate all my old clothes to free stores for the homeless or people that just can't afford new clothes. When I was struggling those free stores were a blessing for me and my son.
robert sanchez (10 days ago)
ya i ket clothing for free not urnitt by diging diches like dadys boy trump.
Allison Reesor (10 days ago)
I really liked this reporter, she did a great job
Maya Thomas (10 days ago)
The fashion industry is not interested in making you beautiful, it wants your money. When you stop worrying about beauty or fashion you can be affordably comfortable.
Judy Bratz (10 days ago)
I bought use clothes in Africa in 1982 when I lived there.
Jenny M (10 days ago)
This is why I only buy items made from cotton, wool, linen, silk or tencel. Not only do they breathe while you’re wearing them. But they also biodegrade. I hate nylon or polyester...I called it plastic clothing. I can’t stand putting it against my skin and it’s so bad for the environment.
Llewellyn O'Shea (10 days ago)
I have gone into a habit of giving away whatever old clothes I am replacing with new clothes . So if I buy a new pair of jeans ... I make sure I give at least 2 items of older clothes sway for that pair... I live in Johannesburg South Africa and see all the "thrift stores" that has clothes from North America and Europe . Most of it is waste but it does help our underprivileged individuals... About the recycling by big brands ... That is marketing propoganda.
Shelly Hawkins (10 days ago)
Shelly need clothes donant to her apt5 Strafford mo
Inquixotic (10 days ago)
Saying that they want it and dont actually need it is plain invalidation. If you dont really need something you cant truly want it therefore youre saying they dont want it either. What we need is a recycling system for clothes. Clothes are and will always be expressive and always changing. I also dont buy that most people throw away their clothes... Like 99.9% of people know of and donate to goodwill
Bellah Nemetona (10 days ago)
So sad. They didn't mentioned that all dyes and chemicals are for years and years tested on animals. Animals used for testing are rabbits, monkeys, rats, mice, dogs, piglets. It's the reason(together with workers exploitation) why I am learning minimalist approach to life. It is not actually difficult!
Ny Felaniaina (10 days ago)
Bright side: you are offering us opportunity to buy your old clothes (from frippery/second hand) because we can't afford new ones ❤❤❤ Hello from Madagascar
I.M Melody (10 days ago)
Minimalism!!! I do wear my clothes till they wear out but my washer really makes my clothes look worn so quickly
M1NDCR4WL3R (11 days ago)
So h&m claims that their products are made to last. I call BS. I bought some nice looking jogging pants and they started pilling inside at the first wash. They look and feel horrible even though I didn't wear them that often which is a pitty because I was very content about how they looked when I bought them and they weren't even that cheap.
d campbell (11 days ago)
This is why I stopped shopping for clothes and I don't follow fashion.
Sherpa Trailers (11 days ago)
I buy used, have not bought new for decades other than underwear and socks. My clothes are WORN OUT when I discard them, usually after cutting them up for rags . . . but there is not a good solution yet for disposal of fabrics. I'm thinking a 3-D printer type application, that re-uses the material after you are recycling. Just feed the worn out garments in, pick your new style and push a button!
Jackyblue67 Same (11 days ago)
I have not been able to afford to buy me new clothes in yrs. none what-so-ever . I wear what people give me .GoodWill stores r trying to catch up with Wal-Mart on their donated clothes prices I can't even afford to go there & I'm an american . I wear what people give me until I wear it out or it dosen't fit anymore .So I tell u what those people could drop off some donated clothes at my house anyday I'd be very appreciative for them .
Jackyblue67 Same (10 days ago)
+Jenny M That's really bad 2 especially when there are people that truely does need some of those clothes but yet they rather send them to other country's & finally wind up getting burned up .
Jenny M (10 days ago)
Jackyblue67 Same That’s happened in Australia too. Our thrift stores put up their prices so many people can’t afford to shop there any more. It’s disgusting. They are more about making money than helping disadvantaged people.
x m (11 days ago)
0:07 this girl is so right!
Linda Taylor (11 days ago)
This is why you have a basic wardrobe of natural fibers that will last you year after year....and what gets worn out use them to make pillows, piece together blankets or carpets as rugs, and at the very least give them away to the homeless, the disadvantaged, or the poor. I mean come on.....we have become a throw away world. Time to change our thinking and our way of living, or it is our kids and our kids kids who will pay the price. And let me tell you this...the churches are giving away good clothes to the poor. The Baptists especially. Every piece of clothing I have came from the Baptist Church House of Hope. From PJs to jeans to shirts, scarves, socks, and even underwear. Even shoes. They are giving away hundreds of garments every single Monday morning. We need more give aways like that. Once upon a time people valued their clothing. They were expensive and needed to be taken good care of. I had a pair of designer jeans in the 70's that I kept, and wore, right up to the 90's. The problem is that you can go and get a pair of jeans for under twenty bucks. My designer jeans cost over 60 bucks. They were valuable to me cause I had to work hard to afford them.
Asian Techs (11 days ago)
Well i’ve always wished to help poor and needy somehow in Pakistan ...
Katherine Bonkowski (11 days ago)
Now we don't have good quality clothes, they fall apart the first time you wash them. And I don't have the money to keep buying clothes every year.
Ade Ayung (11 days ago)
OMG, now I know! I just cant stop imagine
Its Ya Boi Carl (12 days ago)
I hardly ever buy new, thrifting is the best 💗 (only new things tend to be underwear
fermin morales (12 days ago)
Cant garments be used (incinerated, for example) in generating energy? If waste produce and other organic but wet/high moisture content items can, there must be a safe and cost-effective way to use dry, mostly organic garments.
TASconfidential (12 days ago)
Best expose’ ever!!! I learned about this by reading a book called “Overdressed”. I haven’t shopped at a “disposable-fashion” store since....
sarah hassan (12 days ago)
Thank you ..I will buy less in the future

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