The clothing graveyard in Chile's Atacama Desert

In recent decades, countries in the western world have developed an appetite for fast fashion, this has in turn encouraged manufacturers of cheap items to overproduce. These items are exported from Asia based factories and sold for extremely low prices in North America and western Europe.


However, these unsold ‘fast fashion’ garments are bought by textile merchants from second and third world countries in hopes of re-sell. Chile’s Iquique port sees 60,000 tonnes of clothing arrive each year and at least 39,000 tonnes of this ends up in rubbish dumps in the desert. Without legal means of disposal these mountains of textiles are burned, releasing toxic fumes.

Chile’s Director of Climate Science and Resilience, Maisa Rojas, warns that the mountains of textiles being burnt have huge environmental consequences which effect the whole planet.


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