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The Environmental Cost of Clothes

An estimated 65 percent of the world’s clothing is now manufactured in China at significant environmental cost to that country. But as Chinese communities start to call local polluters to account for specific incidents and the government gets tougher on violators, some brands are starting to think about the reputational risks around using suppliers that disregard local standards to produce low-cost apparel.
Last year, according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, Americans spent about $340 billion on clothing and shoes, accounting for 75 percent of the global market. Of that, 99 percent of shoes and 98 percent of clothing were made abroad, where environmental.....