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Author Bédat, Maxine, author.

Title Unraveled : the life and death of a garment / Maxine Bédat.

Publication Info. [New York] : Portfolio/Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2021]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    338.4768 BED    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xxi, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-296) and index.
Contents Growth mentality: Cotton farming in Texas -- Textiles made in China: How the drive for cheap is killing the planet -- My factory is a cage: Cut and sew and the crisis of labor -- Middlemen, management, marketing, and a new kind of transparency -- Reclaiming essentials for all: Packing and distribution -- More is more: Consumerism goes viral -- Tidying up: What happens to clothes when we get rid of them -- Paved with good intentions: The end of the road for clothing in Ghana -- Let the makeover begin: Time for a new, new deal.
Summary "Take a look at your favorite pair of jeans. Maybe you bought them on Amazon or the Gap; maybe the tag says "Made in Bangladesh" or "Made in Sri Lanka." But do you know where they really came from, how many thousands of miles they crossed, or the number of hands who picked, spun, wove, dyed, packaged, shipped, and sold them to get to you? The fashion industry operates with radical opacity, and it's only getting worse to disguise countless environmental and labor abuses. It epitomizes the ravages inherent in the global economy, and all in the name of ensuring that we keep buying more while thinking less about its real cost. In Unraveled, entrepreneur, researcher, and advocate Maxine Bédat follows the life of an American icon--a pair of jeans--to reveal what really happens to give us our clothes. We visit a Texas cotton farm figuring out how to thrive without relying on fertilizers that poison the earth. Inside dying and weaving factories in China, where chemicals that are banned in the West slosh on factory floors and drain into waterways used to irrigate local family farms. Sewing floors in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are crammed with women working for illegally low wages to produce garments as efficiently as machines. Back in America, our jeans get stowed, picked, and shipped out by Amazon warehouse workers pressed to be as quick as the robots primed to replace them. Finally, those jeans we had to have get sent to landfills--or, if they've been "donated," shipped back around the world to Africa, where they're sold for pennies in secondhand markets or buried and burned in mountains of garbage. Unraveled challenges us to use our relationship with our jeans--and all that we wear--to reclaim our central role as citizens to refashion a society in which all people can thrive and preserve the planet for generations to come"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Clothing trade.
Labor and globalization.
Business logistics.
ISBN 9780593085974 hardcover
0593085973 hardcover
Standard No. 40030648335

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