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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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coute 21 (1 minute ago)
I didn't watch this vid - it doesn't apply to me. I'm 27 years old and I still wear clothes from when I was in middle school (the ones that haven't worn away to nothing yet) my "newer" clothes all come from the Craigslist free section. I care so little about clothes that I'm not willing to pay a single dime for them.
Paige Planque (1 hour ago)
I believe this has to do with technology playing a BIG part in our lives. We are constantly being marketed ads for trendy clothes every time we look at our phone. Maybe if we stopped feeling so pressured to fit in and keep up our generation and the next could actually save up for a house and not have to live pay check to pay check..
Kay Dan (15 hours ago)
because my big feet i rely solely on secondhand shoes from america so its really helpful to us in Africa however they are quite expensive
This close (3 days ago)
Just buy gucci
Maha Mm (3 days ago)
In my country we have donation houses run by the goverment our clothes go to locals
Maritza Maritza (4 days ago)
We should have a place where everybody goes takes all their clothes they wanna donate and everybody clothes on tables and other people come and swap clothes and free clothes not going to waste
daniela85 (4 days ago)
hope that all the environmentalist here are also vegan. Animal agriculture is responsible for 45 % of the climate change. Fast fashion is almost nothing compared to them.
raininglantern (5 days ago)
This is so depressing. At least I dont feel guilty cause i only buy clothes from thrift stores
Gulaiym Agbal (5 days ago)
GOING ZERO WASTE IN 5 STEPS https://www.haultail.com/news-article/14522/going-zero-waste-in-5-steps
A Jen Nungshi (5 days ago)
Yes, it's true those exchanged goods or recycle clothes are send to developing and our market is flooded with second hand clothes. It's cheaper too and many ppl buy it and wore it. It's quite schocking
Aoi Sora (6 days ago)
In the Philippines, this is what we call "ukay-ukay"
mimprincesa (6 days ago)
They need to create a new occupation: a clothing refurbished or whatever. A whole bunch of very creative people who can mix and match different textiles to create something unique new and wearable that can be sold. Unless technology hurried up and improves
Kavya Das (6 days ago)
And here are some countries where the children are starving,dying for cold...
Elsa Wong (6 days ago)
let’s go back to nudity 😂
Saturn (6 days ago)
What about people that can't afford anything other then fast fashion.
your kidney (6 days ago)
thankful for growing up in a asian(pakistani) family where we give our clothes to servants or to other needy people and thats how it always been and the clothes are always recycled in a good way
XY (7 days ago)
Stop making low quality clothes and stop making clothing hauls
Alfara123 (7 days ago)
Good video
Justin Hopkins (7 days ago)
Quality, not quantity. No one needs a plastic bag filled with flammable $5 crap that’s destined for the city dumb in less than a year.
Jm Alegro (7 days ago)
this is sad.
6 66 (8 days ago)
So sad they burn cloths
Jennifer Chen (8 days ago)
I don’t get why Africa don’t want 2nd hand clothes when there are many ppl out there that need it
Jane (8 days ago)
Great report. You can make all these videos, unfortunately, people are not going to listen. Seeing polluted environment scenes make me so sad.
dfvref rfvdfvrdfc (8 days ago)
why not just donate the clothes to poor countries (NOT SELLL)? isn't that the whole point of thrift stores? helping the poor? people that truly NEED clothes don't have money to buy them no matter how cheap. sounds like they're trying to blame consumers for their own greed
Jon DGAF (9 days ago)
I buy like 2 shirts a year, wear dickies pants and shorts...they last years. A few good sweaters, couple button ups....I don't need much.
museoftheark (9 days ago)
I think a problem they didn't really cover is just taking care of your clothes in the first place. Washing clothes as per their instructions and hanging them to dry keeps them from wearing out as fast. I've had some of my current clothing for over 6 years now because I take good care of it. I disagree with making companies responsible for items form cradle to grave. Its too much to ask for one but they also shouldn't be responsible because some people will take good care of their things and other won't.
Annah (9 days ago)
What ever happened to Quality over Quantity. I will take a beautiful high quality shirt that will last me years over 10 low quality shirts.
lostinthelookingglas (10 days ago)
I really like secondhand clothes, but most clothes these days aren't made to last. What are we supposed to do with clothes that we can't wear anymore? And what if we're not in a location where clothes swaps and recycling aren't available? I live in a developing country, btw. People are always pushing problems off onto the consumers, but it's the companies that are the root of the problem.
JBoogie1977 (10 days ago)
The group at 11:36, my word...
Georgey Porgy (11 days ago)
I love used clothes, when you find that quality gem that you can boast about it cost 8$ at the thrift store ❤
This video is just so sad.
Why not give your clothes DIRECTLY to the needy? Cause giving it to a middle man doesnt give you the assurance that it really does go to those who need it
Aaliyah X (16 days ago)
Sad :(
MsMissmango1234 (18 days ago)
She looks like tia mowry to me 😮
Nurah 0208 (18 days ago)
I have alot of old clothes.. All of that's I give it for my sister in law
Olivia Pendergast (18 days ago)
IT isn't true about Kenyans not needing used clothes... I shop at Toi Market here in Nairobi (I buy 95% used clothes) and I know many kenyans that love buying used clothes because the locally sold new clothes are complete crap. They don't have a lot of other options. They would rather pay $5 for a pair of good used jeans than $15 for new jeans that will fall apart in a few months.
Faderu produksi (19 days ago)
Give it to the homeless
FanGirl Yuuki (19 days ago)
This documentary is so true 😭😭.. The donation bullcrap trend pulled by fast fashion brands is so much true, they just sell it into cheaper clothing to developing countries, THERE IS NO DONATION HAPPENING IN THE FIRST PLACE.. We are also one of the countries, Philippines, that also have many thrift stores that the clothes are actually from developed countries... People are also looking for quality clothing even at thrift stores and so, yeah, these clothes will be maybe made into rags or just being thrown off if not sold...
trinthetrex (19 days ago)
Please tell me salvation army of canada is better than the one in america.
Luke Garstka (19 days ago)
This Reporter is really beautiful! WOW <3
Angin Konyak (19 days ago)
Its more Sad that third world countries are becoming a dumping zone for the developed countries. Look at what the developed countries are doing it to the environment.
Lesbian Amazon Sister (20 days ago)
Gave a thumbs up for the reporter brave enough to offer her unwanted clothes to people! 👍
I suggest you to watch True Cost; a documentary that changes how I look at fast fashion. I am a minimalist and have been careful with products of cheap labour but that documentary really stops me from simply consuming. Choose the quality over quantity. Save the mother earth.
queenofbanned吗那你 (22 days ago)
Wtf not for charity 😭😭😭
Nathan A (23 days ago)
Why can't people just burn them to produce energy. Cut them in to rags etc.
Nathan A (23 days ago)
Be grateful people buy more than they need and donate to charity.
Nancy Baldwin (23 days 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 (24 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 (24 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 (25 days ago)
People in Yemen and Syria need these clothes
Chrystal Bess Redding (25 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 (26 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 (26 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.
DieselWorkHorse Techie (27 days ago)
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 (29 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 (29 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 (29 days ago)
This is the best and most important video on yr channel. Thnk u for posting this.
sewing&co (1 month ago)
JennyWinters (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
this is why upcycling and reworking clothing IS the future.
vrjdvdheveb vsbs (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
They take ur old clothes to give u sense of goodwill nd make u buy more new clothes...
Shubham Benani (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Research? Really?
Kumpulan vidio hiburan (1 month ago)
I have never bought a cloth in the last 10 years. I buy things if i think i need them
Nathalia (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Forever 21 is also a problem.
0230Raveena (1 month ago)
Thrift. Thrift, Thrift.
Carly Nicole Townes (1 month ago)
What I don’t understand is why these can’t be sent to some homeless outreach, or disaster relief.
Kar K (1 month ago)
My grandmother wears some clothes for almost 50 years. 😂😂😂
ArcticFirepixy (1 month ago)
Buy less. Buy quality . Buy used
sundiii99OWS (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Pink Lady (1 month ago)
Great information about used clothing. Just dump them old rags into the volcanoes.
Jenissa Vargas (1 month ago)
I need clothes so hit me up
Jin Li (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Why don’t they just give those cloths away to people who need it around the world?
Erica M (1 month ago)
Can someone summarize this video:
swag-gal (1 month ago)
Who cares what they do with it
Kim Lowe (1 month ago)
Take old t-shirt and make a bathmat with them
Diana DeBurr (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Cloths with Synthetic presence more than 5-10% should be forbidden.
linpeet (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
3.58 This guy has a Youtube channel called "Alpha m".
Ella Larkin (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I remember there's a really good documentary its up on netflix about fast fashion I can't remember the name though
ladybluu (1 month ago)
H & M doing it for the money, obviously.
Sherry Adjei (1 month ago)
KenyA your buying Canadian clothes and dumping in Kenyan land what
Carlo Jones (1 month ago)
everyone wearing ripped jeans send them to the trash sooner
Lovin'Life2016 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I dont even go to fast fashion stores i shop at department stores once a month and thats it
Tiara Aussem (1 month ago)
T Y (1 month ago)
Carousell guys!

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