The Production of Cotton Clothing (A Lot of Ethical & Environmental Craziness): Part 2 of 3

Last week I posted an infographic outlining the basic process of cotton clothing production (Where Does your Cotton Tee Come From?). Understanding where our goods come from is interesting stuff just from a ‘how cool is that?” perspective, anyone seen how online supermarket stores operate? What understanding the production chain also does is lift the veil on HOW the stuff we buy is made, and so helps us decide how comfortable we are with what those processes mean for people and the environment.

So, further to the basics of the cotton clothes production process I want to draw attention to where things seem to have gone pretty pear shaped. I want to show (using additions to the original infographic) where in the process costs are cut and how. These are cuts that enable us to buy seriously cheap clothes (and lets face it some not so cheap because even high end fashion producers use the same process), and ensure some large textile & fashion businesses bring in handsome profits.

I have worked to verify all claims with valid evidence & reports , and for the interested reader there is a pretty extensive reference list (yeah yeah do an eye roll, I am a geek). If anyone sees any gaping holes, or has some evidence they think is more substantial or valid do swing it my way!

PS. I will follow this blog up with a final instalment on tangible solutions. So all is not lost, despair not people…..


Infographic: Environmental & Ethical Craziness in Cotton Clothing Production

Infographic: Environmental & Ethical Craziness in Cotton Clothing Production


1. Cotton & Pesticide Use

2. Cotton & Child Labour

3. Cotton Price & Market Influences

4. Cotton & Water Footprint

5. Textile Workers and Health & Safety

6. Textiles & Chemicals

7. Textile Workers & Working Conditions

8. Clothing Dyes

9. Garment Workers Pay & Wages

10. Fabric Dyeing & Water Footprint

11. Textile Industry & Pollution in Developing Countries

12. Garment Workers and Severance Pay ,

13. Fabric Cutting and Fabric Waste

14. Garment Workers and Working Hours ,

15. Environmental Footprint in the Lifetime of Clothes

16. Outsourcing from Garment Factories

17. Screen printing Dyes

18. Chemical Softeners and Garment Finishing

19. Environmental impact of clothing packaging ;

20. Fast Fashion and the Increasing the Carbon Footprint of our Clothing ,

21. Women and the Garment Industry ;



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