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“If you happen to love H&M and Zara I am sorry- you are going to hate this episode,” warns Minhaj.

After Saudi Arabia, Amazon and the NRA, Hasan Minhaj has discovered his subsequent goal: the style business. Within the newest episode of his award-winning Netflix present Patriot Act, the comic and commentator dove not simply into the practices of quick trend corporations wreaking havoc on the planet however into the buyer behaviour that’s enabling and inspiring these manufacturers.

“We would like the sensation of luxurious with out paying full worth,” he says of our love for quick trend manufacturers like Zara and H&M, which knock off excessive trend designs the second they hit the runway, delivering them to shops at inexpensive costs mere weeks later. This democratization of trend comes at a worth.

Setting apart the questionable working situations and practices at most of the factories the place these low-cost items are churned out, Minhaj focuses on the environmental impression of quick trend. In a quick 30-minute episode, he lays out some sobering numbers and stats from current reviews. For instance, do you know that in 2015 the greenhouse gases from textile manufacturing had been greater than the emissions of all flights and maritime transport mixed? Principally, Minhaj quips, “the garments in your suitcase are screwing up the planet greater than the flight you set them on.”

He additionally touches on the “greenwashing” ways employed by quick trend corporations to make it look like they’re extra environmentally aware than they are surely, and appears nearer at among the supplies and materials utilized by these in style manufacturers to assist maintain their weekly merchandise drops.

It’s not simply the businesses at fault although. Based on Jennifer Hyman, founding father of clothes rental website Lease The Runway, half of the gadgets that ladies purchase are worn simply 3 times or much less. That’s massively wasteful. However the resolution to all this isn’t to cease buying altogether. Similar to the very journal you’re studying now, what Minhaj is advocating for is buying much less, buying smarter, and buying extra mindfully. Based on a information phase Minhaj airs on the present, “If everybody purchased one used merchandise this yr as an alternative of latest, it may save almost 6 kilos of CO2 emissions – that’s equal to eradicating half one million vehicles off the highway for a yr.”

When you’ve absorbed that mind-boggling reality, head to Netflix for the complete episode and possibly, simply possibly, suppose twice earlier than clicking Add to Cart in your favorite quick trend website.