Amid shameful waste in the modern garment industry, some are finding other ways to clothe the people

By Jane Goodall
June 17 2022 - 2:00pm
Binloads of discarded clothing, a shameful by-product of the 21st century garment industry. Picture: Shutterstock
  • Worn: A People's History of Clothing, by Sofi Thanhauser. Allen Lane, $45.

Most readers will be familiar by now with images of trash-mountains of discarded clothing, a shameful by-product of the 21st century garment industry. In 2021 the global apparel market reached a value of US$1.5 trillion dollars, a figure that represents staggering levels of over-production, some 85 per cent of it destined for landfill.

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