The life cycle of a t-shirt – Angel Chang

The life cycle of a t-shirt – Angel Chang

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Consider the classic white t-shirt. Annually, we sell and buy 2 billion t-shirts globally, making it one of the most common garments in the world. But how and where is the average t-shirt made, and what’s its environmental impact? Angel Chang traces the life cycle of a t-shirt.

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50 Comments

  1. Marco Adventures on December 26, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    I am like a cartoon character, I have only two outfits. White sleeveless and boxer shorts. or White T-shirt and Jeans.

    Absolutely nothing else.

  2. Rúben Campos on December 26, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Nice and informative video, but using metric system for half of the video and then switch to imperial just makes it unnecessarily confusing.

  3. Janine Malinao on December 26, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you so much TED ED! I’ll be more resourceful now!

  4. somekid on December 26, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    now im curious about the process of a non-cotton shirt

  5. Kim Todd on December 26, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    If you are able to quilt, you make t shirts for patterns to make beautiful quilts

  6. Hazel Wears on December 26, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Ok,THESE KIDS ARE THE ONES WHO DEMAND THE "LATEST DESIGNER JEANS" COTHES AND THE SUCH! SO THESE KIDS HAVE INHERITED NOTHING,BUT RATHER PART OF THE PROBLEM!

  7. Garrett Sim on December 26, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    4:50 how does line-drying remove body odour?

  8. Sergio Solórzano on December 26, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Hemp and bamboo are way stronger and use way less water, especially hemp, though bamboo is antibacterial and also has other uses like a substitute for timber as it grows super fast, and its shoots can be cooked and eaten.

  9. The UnSOlvEd? on December 26, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    A t-shirts is not alive so no life or…….

  10. youtube sus on December 26, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Well everything has a positive and negative effects

  11. Tech And Guide BD on December 26, 2021 at 3:41 pm
  12. XPNDBLhero on December 26, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Don’t blame us, blame the generation that fell in love w/ blue jeans which caused the boost in cotton clothing…. We’re just stuck at the after effects part of the cotton loop.

  13. tengo nombre d; on December 26, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    XDDD

  14. Prashant Patel on December 26, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    I want work with you ❤️

  15. HEISENBERG • 29 years ago on December 26, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Now you know those cave mens were civilised using leaves as clothings.

  16. Ernesto Mendez on December 26, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Sale: €2,99. How harmful can be my t-shirt?? 🤦🏽‍♂️

  17. xxRaviixx on December 26, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    1:00 30!?!

  18. Aaryan Qureshi on December 26, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    As a tailor we made mostly cloth from cotton 😂 now we can get cancer while sewing it

  19. eternal on December 26, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Huh, surprised global warming hasnt destroyed our entire planet yet

  20. Thesmokeeffect on December 26, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    R.I.P to all those 3x shirts I wore in my teens

  21. Su Jones on December 26, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    good

  22. L0rdCROISSANT on December 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    how to reduce… easy reduce the population by not having as many babies, that’s what the planet would tell the worse self righteous creatures that roam her

  23. Onii Chan332 on December 26, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Um yeah child labour

  24. Jay Tse on December 26, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    I thought this was a video focusing on the life cycle of a t-shirt. Instead, it turned into a moral video about climate change and the impact of T-shirts on the environment. TED-Ed, please focus on the topic of the video, and make a separate one on the environmental/ecological effects of T-shirts.

    (This is the first TED-Ed video that deserves 2 thumbs down (IMHO) – partly because of the misleading/incorrectly represented statistics that seem to focus on the morality of the author instead of the process of T-Shirts)

  25. Miju Ocampo on December 26, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    I think, in my country we must use Colombian native clothes to reduce contamination

  26. Iconic Izzy #shorts on December 26, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you, now I can do my assignment on t-shirts 😭

  27. Marcos Souza on December 26, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the amazing video!

  28. Dani Figueira on December 26, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    tengo que hacer un trabajo sobre esto que pereza salu2

  29. TR the MAVERICK on December 26, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Buy less, take care, use for long,wash by hand using less water, and importantly avoid big brands that are the reasons of labour poverty in developing countries.

  30. THEDIAMOND on December 26, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    hola kapo gracias por tu ayuda
    y como dijo un sabio que es tomi11 toma lechepapu y messirve

  31. Juan C Garcia on December 26, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Come on…the rich are making the poor poorer to the point the poor can only afford these cheap pieces of garnment. And know you come to try to make people guilty. Give me a break.

  32. Nikita Poonia on December 26, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    All the ways u told abt t short usage to minimize nature damage.. Is practiced by Indians… We usually use old clothes as mops and always airdry…

  33. String Shimmer on December 26, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    I wanted to watch this for the actual process. I didn’t expect to get some sort of political dissertation on the woes of the world.

  34. Hồng Đinh Thị Thúy on December 26, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    this is a helpful video for everyone and I have bought second hand clothes, actually they are very good💙

  35. Cristina Alexe on December 26, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    more people should watch this video

  36. 10C 41 SHREYAS ROY on December 26, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    "Donate recycle or reuse them as cleaning rags" Hah meanwhile in India people be like:😑
    In my home:
    I buy a new shirt
    After 3 yrs the shirt goes to my brother
    After 3 yrs the shirt is worn by our servant’s children
    4-5 yrs later the shirt ends up in our house
    Then it is used as a cleaning rag for 5-7 yrs
    Then it is like other clothes humbly given by us to children in indian villages
    Then the process gets repeated so reusing and recycling♻️ merge to one

    If u read this entire comment, probably u re an Indian in heart😂

  37. Mike Aleto ᜐᜅ᜔ᜃᜌ᜔ on December 26, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    I’m happy to hear that I was able to contribute even a little in reducing consumption by means of recycling clothes into a cleaner,mop etc. and even buying clothes from a thrift store(ukayukay).

  38. Fan Man 420 on December 26, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Glad my Household doesnt own a dryer ( mechanical type )

  39. Miro Markkula on December 26, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    do people puth clothes in the laundry basket after 1 day of use like if they don’t smell its fine to wear

  40. Mokshith Bhyri on December 26, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Exceptional. What an informative video!!! Literally mindblowing. It really helps in pointing out the "unwanted and unnecessary practices, being done by all of us. Excellent work Ted, hands-off.

  41. inge van Lierop on December 26, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    A technical note: If you use a circular knitting machine the fabric is not woven but knit.

  42. MATEMATIKA PINOY on December 26, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    T shirt is useless ,if we don’t have malice….

  43. K on December 26, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Westerners making jokes about pollution in India
    Also western companies: set up their plants in India to produce clothes for them and pollute our environment 🤗 aka outsourcing pollution
    Ps- I know its not the fault of a comman man

  44. Jake Hill on December 26, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    I don’t have a choice to not use the dryer. My little apartment doesn’t have outdoor space for a clothesline.

  45. Mine Zeybek on December 26, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    I love secondhand clothing! 😍

  46. SWAPNALI KULKARNI on December 26, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Wish I saw this video before shopping for tshirts.

  47. Roger Jiménez on December 26, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    So the solution is to wash your clothes little times (be dearty) and buy second hand (but in order to get a second hand clothe in good conditions someone has had to get rid of it before being needed. So I think there must be some better solution. And organic cotton doesn’t need a lot of water to grow and transportation to get to your country from those little places where is cultivated. In short: What’s the best fabric to wear, you could try to say; instead of just pointing out the problems trying to show the solutions.

  48. Fatimah Khan on December 26, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Life cycle of clothes in India :-
    Purchased new/ second hand
    Wear it until it’s gets torn
    If not torn then giving away to buyers of second hand clothing in barter of some bartans.
    They sell it to others
    And if not sell then make it’s blanket/mop/other DIY but never throw away.

  49. The Owl from Duolingo on December 26, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    0:30 Do not forget about Uzbekistan. It is one of the world‘s biggest cotton producers

  50. Rijul on December 26, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    In India: bought, worn by the elder sibling, younger sibling(s) then pocha for rest of the life…..

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