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Due to the pandemic, the value of clothes exported from the US fell 45% in the summer compared with the same period last year. Because of this, recyclers are closing clothes banks, firing workers, and emptying stores of clothes more rarely. Meanwhile, traders in the developing world have seen a shrinking supply, followed by a drop in demand due to people staying home rather than going out to shop. One trader in Nairobi, Nicholas Mutisya, told Reuters: “Before coronavirus came in, I would manage to sell at least 50 (pairs of) trousers a day,” said “But now with coronavirus, even selling one a day has become difficult.”
Why This Matters: While fishing gear that is in use is a threat to marine life like whales, abandoned fishing gear is just a tragedy waiting to happen and completely needless — eliminating it is totally within our control.
As nations across the world work to address the plastic pollution crisis–especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic–Canada made a big step in its effort to control needless plastic waste. As CNN reported, “The country plans to ban single-use plastics — checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and even foodware made from […]
By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer This week, Sir David Attenborough put on a full-court press for biodiversity — he joined Instagram and he “called for a $500 billion per year global investment in nature,” as Kaelan Deese reported for The Hill. According to Deese, this exhortation for conservation “came during a one-day summit by […]
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