Five euros for a t-shirt. Cool, right? But this deal is only good at first glance, because the price we really pay for clothes made in low-wage countries is much higher.
2700 liters of water are needed to produce a single t-shirt. 7500 different chemicals are used in textile manufacturing. The workers in the factories work 15 hours per day, 7 days per week. They get 30 – 60 euros per month, while to feed a family with four members they would need at least 250 euros per month. Not to mention the transport which is necessary to bring the item from Bangladesh, India, China or Turkey to your favourite shop. All this is why apparel production accounts for ten percent of carbon emissions worldwide. Suddenly five euros for a t-shirt sound not that good, do they?
But what can we do? Stop buying clothes? Sew them on our own? Buy expensive pieces which are locally produced? Yes, we can do that. But if you want an easier solution buy secondhand. Vintage is trendy anyway.
Cool clothes – cool earth? To be honest it is not that easy. But it is a step in the right direction.