Santiago, Monday, November 9, 2021
According to a United Nations report, the fashion industry contributes 10% of the world’s carbon emissions. Which is more than the energy used in the shipping and aviation industry. Every second in the world, a truckload of clothing waste is dumped in a garbage landfill. Wool fabrics are widely produced in China and Bangladesh. From Europe, Asia and America, clothes that are not used or become obsolete without being sold come to Chile. The garments are recycled and resold in Latin America. Bundles of old clothes are unloaded at the hospice port in Chile’s Iquique province.
The port has become a market for waste clothing around the world. Traders travel a distance of 1500 to 3000 kms to buy wholesale clothes. USA in the world. Germany and the UK are exporters of used clothing, while Italy is among the top 10 exporters of junior junk. In the last five years, Italy has produced 1.5 million tons of old clothing. Pakistan, India and Malaysia are the major buyers of used clothing. Chile receives 5,000 tons of clothing every year, of which 30,000 tons go to waste in the Atacama Desert. Clothing merchants in the capital Santiago buy some of the clothes, while most are thrown away in the desert. However, these throwaway clothes come in handy too. The poor people of the desert area come and find clothes of their size from the huge piles of clothes. Which he himself uses or sells to others at a very cheap price.