China has become the world’s biggest fashion market. Most of its clothes are “fast fashion,” which means they are mass-produced, cheap, short-lived garments. This has resulted in China throwing away 26 million tons of clothes every year, creating a big waste problem.
The country has 654 landfills and many of them have filled up ahead of schedule. The country’s biggest dump in Jiangcungou, Shaanxi province, is the size of 100 football fields and filled up 25 years earlier than expected. With no place to put all the waste, China dumped over 200 million cubic meters of trash into its coastal waters in 2018.
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