clothing industry

It's the Second Dirtiest Thing in the World - And You’re Wearing It

The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world...second only to oil,” the recipient of an environmental award told a stunned Manhattan audience earlier this year. “It’s a really nasty business...it’s a mess.”

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Big Fashion’s Dirty Secret: How Major Clothing Brands Are Destroying Rainforests

In the melee of entertainment coverage about what Hollywood A-Listers wore on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars, a major answer to the question of ‘who wore what?’ has been totally missed by the press. Would you believe one answer to that perennial question is...Rainforests? 

Almost no one realizes that some of the haute couture on display this weekend was made from ground up trees. Yes, trees -- tens of millions of them each year are turned into clothing. And too often this tree-sourced fabric has been shown to be connected to unchecked deforestation, serious land conflicts with Indigenous communities and deepening of the climate crisis.

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