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Clothes in Japan help emit 95 mil tons of CO2 a year, mostly overseas

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The planet doesn't have a climate change problem, the planet has an exponentially growing population problem.

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We have been buying new clothes made from 40% recycled PET bottles and 60% polyester. Wearing them, you wouldn't know it.

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Sending used clothes to 'poor countries creates new problem. It warps their clothing culture, it doesn't suit their climes and ends up as waste (just like the country it came from). Use the money it would take to ship used clothes and promote factories producing home grown clothing. Win win situation

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"Through providing the information online, we hope consumers know more about the environmental damage from their clothing items, and think about recycling before throwing away," a ministry official said.

First class thinker right here. Brilliant idea.

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The process of manufacturing and transporting clothes is estimated to produce 90.09 million tons of CO2 or 94.6 percent of the total, according to Japan's Environment Ministry.

These numbers seem to be correct.

Now, imagine that you want to switch to "green energy" (solar panels, electric cars etc).

The amount of CO2 emitted (because only fossil fuels can do heavy lifting) is astonishing.

In fact, the transition to "green energy" is impossible in the coming 20-30 years even if we used all produced energy only for the purpose of switching to "green energy".

"Global climate change" is just a buzzword.

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Does anyone know what happens to clothing which is left outside on 'recycling' day?

Back home, we have a place near our home which actually pays you for your old clothes and shoes, as long as they're still wearable. Failing that, we'll just take it to a charity shop.

Say what you will about Uniqlo being fast fashion, but my Uniqlo clothes are literally lasting a decade or two. I've hardly bought any clothes these past few years. And I won't be buying much more in the forseable future as I try to downsize my wardrobe. Uniqlo also takes in your old clothes for recycling.

Gobshite:

I hope people realise that without CO2 nothing would grow? Useless article

Now I realize why you chose that name.

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I hardly ever buy clothes, and those that I do have, I use for years and years, until they are worn out. I think it is a crying shame that clothes are burnt. And I hate it every week when I see bags of old clothes left outside people's houses here as rubbish. What a waste.

Back in the UK every high street has a few charity shops where people can donate their used clothes (so long as they are still in good condition of course) and other items. Charity shops are everywhere in England and a great place to donate stuff and buy stuff. I know of one or two here in Tokyo, but that's it. Why isn't there one in every shopping street?

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Article raises more question than it answers...

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My young son has just moved to Guam and a friend of mine who just left her husband has a son close in age but smaller I am sending all my son's clothes on for her boy. I have never once thrown any of my son's clothes away and he is easy on his clothes and I told my friend's family who is keeping him to donate all his clothes to a charity for foster children. The blessed point clothes wise, Guam has only one season that will cut down this expense and I sent him with enough clothes to keep him until next year.

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More recycling. When we were kids the "ragman" came around weekly on a horse and cart collecting clothes and offering pieces of crockery in return. We also pick up the dropping for the garden.

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I hope people realise that without CO2 nothing would grow? Useless article

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End fast fashion and make clothes to last.

Can you blame people when every other tv show is about The lastest throwaway garment?

Tax companies that make these products.

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The CO2 helps fig leafs grow larger. They will soon be back in fashion.

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The ice is melting because you're trying to stay warm with that fleece sweater.

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I would wear made-in Japan clothes or kimono produced in local factories. That may cut transportation emissions. But it wouldn't make all happy. Overseas producers and logistic businesses would suffer.

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@wayan Ubud, is too costly for normal companies to be willing to do it. First usable clothes has to be sorted, checked and then shipped. Then you have to get a agreement from the government there to be willing to accept them and then you would need a proper network to distribute the whole thing. Not to mention Japan has many different seasonal clothing which might not suit the climate there. Worse case what you get is just corrupted officials there who will just resell the clothing for some extra cash.

From transport to manpower, everything is just more costly. When stores cannot sell their wares,they would just have the dispose company get rid of it. Is cheaper for many store owners. And burning clothing generated power too and there is a whole industry relying on it. Is not easy as you think.

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Good to see such an article, but it doesn't offer any solutions, which is probably the mot important aspect of such 'informative' articles.

Get informed and only buy from responsible companies - Patagonia etc.

Buy good quality clothes that last longer, not cheap fast fashion.

Buy secondhand from shops such as Secondstreet etc etc.

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half of Africa is running around with only the rags on their back, why cant the clothes be donated instead of being burned, doesn't make sense

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I guess everyone should stop wearing clothes? Is that the point of this article?

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