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Thomas writes with fact-heavy authority, in a series of travelogue-style reports, about the ecological calamity of the fashion industry. Global consumers buy 80 billion articles of clothing each year, but far more is produced; up to 20 percent of mass-produced clothing does not sell, even after big price knockdowns. These unsold goods end up being buried, shredded, burned, or carted off to landfills by the producers. Fashion production consumes a staggering 25 percent of all of the chemicals made on earth and is responsible for nearly 20 percent of worldwide water pollution; almost 90 percent of fresh and seawater samples contain microfibers, which have even been found in Antarctica.

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