Travels of a T-shirt
We live in a completely connected world. We may not realize it but even the way we produce clothes is connected.
A T-shirt is able to travel around the world several times. It may be that the owner of the T-shirt travels with her, but even before having an owner, the T-shirt will be in different places in the world.
If we look at the label, we may discover that the T-shirt we are wearing right now has been manufactured in Cambodia, Bangladesh, China, or other countries far away from ours. And if we think about the materials of the T-shirt, like cotton, it may have been grown on a field in the United States, also quite far away.
For example, the cotton of a T-shirt had to travel from Texas to Shanghai where it was cleaned and treated to get the yarn and the fabric. After that, the design of the T-shirt was created and produced in series. The T-shirt returned to the United States and was sold in a Miami shop. Its owner used it for a couple of years and when it was no longer used, he donated it to a second hand shop. In the shop they decided to send it to Mozambique to help local businesses. There, a small dealer sold it to a Mozambican woman who used it until it broke.
The problem is that when we buy a T-shirt we do not realize everything behind it. All travel and production of cotton and T-shirt have great consequences on the planet. The large amount of resources needed increasingly affects climate change.
The textile industry is one of the industries that release more pollutants in the world. Fashion goes hand in hand with negative environmental impact, water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and the increase of textile waste levels.
However, it is a business that gives great benefits and we do nothing to stop it. Moreover, with our excessive consumption wanting the latest products that go on sale, we help to continue producing in large quantities.
For all this, it is important that before buying a new T-shirt we ask ourselves some questions:
where does it come from?
In what conditions has it been produced?
How have the materials been treated?
Does it have a fair price?
and, above all, do I really need it?
It is not about stopping buying in a radical way, but doing it in a more conscious way. Only if we do this, we will help to stop the serious consequences of climate change.
Think about it … your actions can change the world!
By Rocio, from Spain