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The life cycle of a t-shirt - Angel Chang

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Learn more about TED-Ed Clubs here: https://ed.ted.com/clubs Visit the TED-Ed Clubs YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCskU_g7t6b5ecsA1CTS3y9Q View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-life-cycle-of-a-t-shirt-angel-chang 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. Lesson by Angel Chang, directed by TED-Ed. Thank you so much to our patrons for your support! Without you, this video would not be possible. Alexandra Panzer, Jordan Tang, Christopher Jimenez, Juan, Tracey Tobkin, Alex Neal, Louie Lapat, Emily Lam, Kathryn J Hammond, Elliot Poulin, Sam, Noel Situ, Oyuntsengel Tseyen-Oidov. Check out TED-ED's Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/teded
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Maçã Verde (2 days ago)
GD Lennyvania (3 days ago)
Life cycle of t-series Spam videos Subbot Being hated
Khang De Panda (9 days ago)
ok but who washes their clothes 400 times a year??? thats literally multiple times per day smh
Paul Garibian (19 days ago)
we were inspired by this video and launched The Classic T-shirt Company. We only use Organic Cotton and make our t-shirts locally in the US to avoid impact on shipping. https://theclassictshirt.com/
TriggeredPianist (21 days ago)
The animation of this video makes me happy.
Michael Du (24 days ago)
This video surprised me the most, and I nearly dropped my glass of OJ after the first few seconds. But good thing, I don't "overbuy" T-shirts, and I use hand-me-downs and cycle through the same T-shirts that come out of washing, like a maximum of 5-6. *:D*
Abdullah Al-Khazraji (27 days ago)
change the cycle
Yuvraj Dwivedi (28 days ago)
Why is Ted-Ed in the effort of trying to abstain from the fact that polyester exists
Micah De Vito (28 days ago)
The best thing to do is just go to a thrift store! Sure they came from some mystery human, but they are better for the environment.
Jorja Lichty (28 days ago)
wow this is lit.
Lily Li (28 days ago)
Balls not walls
erin8187 (28 days ago)
roses are red, bees do buzz, FOR NOW, SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT
erin8187 (28 days ago)
Tiwari Brows (1 month ago)
pls try to make video on alpha century
HKHeadquarters (1 month ago)
Don't. Buy. Cotton. Shirts.
lady Miamia (1 month ago)
lazy work
Princess Rentillo (1 month ago)
Actually in my house we do handwash and air dry our clothes
Mental Community (1 month ago)
I am a Bangladeshi and I know what a poor life garments worker leads.They worked more than 10-11 hour everyday. They get only 200 to 250 Us dollar per month.
Where on earth can I find the references?
Andy Lee (1 month ago)
i'm going to become the environment minister of my country if possible
Salsabila Putri (1 month ago)
Hi I'm from Indonesia and I would like to contribute to make subtittle in Indonesian so that more Indonesian people can watch this. Can someone teach me how to?
prashant vicky (1 month ago)
I have only 2 t-shirts. Nature should be grateful to me.
Jeremy Boeve (1 month ago)
But how are the logos made and put on
Yt Channel (2 months ago)
5:02 her chest looks very weird...
Wendy Brooks (2 months ago)
That’s it.... I’m never wearing a t shirt again. Lol
Raihan Rony (2 months ago)
i'm happy and sad at the same time being a bangladeshi and human
dfjshjkd (2 months ago)
Tehfuckinmaster (2 months ago)
This shows how the human being is not anywhere near intelligence.
SADIQ SYED (2 months ago)
And anyone who could say how can i place a question to ted so that they can make a video on it?believe me ur ignorance can make u lose some good videos😂😜
Michael Carroll (2 months ago)
I get every ounce of my clothing! Once it’s ripped or has holes it turns into something else (bags, cat toys, shop rags... etc)
Prutha Siras (2 months ago)
When they said the dye contains cancer causing elements...I looked at my green shirt...like WHAT!!!??😱
Imroz Towhid (2 months ago)
i work in a factory where we make denim pants for fashion house like NEXT UK and GAP.
jessie mayfield (2 months ago)
should be titled impact of clothing cuz this was ad for climate change! i love ted but this wasnt overly well researched for the cool title
WeiYinChan (2 months ago)
Buy second hand, don’t buy more clothes than you can wear, donate or resell your old clothing.
Life's Strange (2 months ago)
*Who took off their shirt while watching this video?*
mark lorenz dayon (3 months ago)
Since when human wear shirts? We are animals afterall HAHAHA
Banee (3 months ago)
Dog Lover (3 months ago)
My family have hundreds of old clothes then use half of them donate, half of them use to clean things. Very useful in Vietnam, because you can find billions of T-shirt shop at there. BTW,I 'm Vietnamese :)))
Krushna Chaudhari (3 months ago)
If people use khadi (hand spun ,hand woven ,natural fiber cloth ) then lots of problems and issues can be solved...
Rising Embers Gaming (4 months ago)
But. . . I’m wearing a t shirt! I’m a monster!
Phong (4 months ago)
This video proved nothing.
CRAZY BITCH (3 months ago)
Phong not really, It proves your miniscule brain can't comprehend simple ideas
Bob Guan (4 months ago)
Chrome is dangerous?
Pedrinho MITU (4 months ago)
Kem ay e abalbafeeto?
Agrica LLC (4 months ago)
Amazing information in one video! Organic clothes from cottonmax.com
Ragland Asir (4 months ago)
Cotton being cultivated at the cost of other crops: millet farmers https://getcrisp.news/story/2514748?utm_source=shared&utm_medium=share-13385
Candice ecidnaC (4 months ago)
The average household does 400 loads of laundry per year?! That's over 1 per week! Here we do 1-2 per week, and there are 3 people living in this house. And we only line dry our clothes. Even when it's 32 degrees outside, if the sun is shining and the wind is blowing, the laundry WILL dry. When it's colder we hang them on racks inside the house. Our dryer's been out of commission for... 5-6 years? and we don't plan to replace it any time soon. There's just no need.
Sera Mukherjee (5 months ago)
Actually,in India it's done manually by people.Lots of people.
Ashwani Mishra (5 months ago)
I donate the t-shirts that are no use of me
Uniqu Erzia (5 months ago)
This vid is like encouraging us to not wear shirts again 😂
Tiki Stanford (5 months ago)
That was depressing.
Talltrees84 (5 months ago)
Go with hemp or banboo. Uses far less water and chemicals than does cotton.
Karias abesamis (6 months ago)
I wish I could climb into this video and learn more. I'm 10 by the way
Electronic & Solar Power (6 months ago)
Loraine Porras (6 months ago)
Dont wast T SHIRTS!!! XD
Margherita Antinori (6 months ago)
a far too simple way to address a complex problem that includes production, consumption but also work. We can stop producing and buying, it's very simple. At the end of the day we don't need many things, we don't need the quantity of food we have today. We don't need the clothes we have today. We don't need cars, bicycles, new tech items every six months. And then how do we solve unemployment and poverty?
Hope Vang (6 months ago)
Me and everybody else But I love my clothes and I'm lazy
PigIA (6 months ago)
I have 196 orange T-shirts
Odderist unknown XXI (6 months ago)
I think we can use shirts which cannot be worn to make them into DIY fabric pouches,brooches,plushes, and many more!this way we can reduce the amount of wasted time and effort for cotton and rather to throw them away.(I think my English is broken)
I want have to worry about my school report anymore
Jordan J Harris (7 months ago)
More accurate title: Why you shouldn't buy t-shirts
Sylvia Browne-Niles (7 months ago)
I am one of those kids
BluSpringTrap9 (7 months ago)
Why am i gonna wash less when I need to impress my crush by wearing a cool shirt.
Dumbness worth spreading.
Arjan Rai (7 months ago)
people should make clothing out of weed which has no chemicals also the material is stronger also no pollution !!
Donut Joe (3 months ago)
and smokable...?
Happy Unicorns (7 months ago)
I’m 11
le me Otaku (7 months ago)
Those who can buy 100% organic cotton t-shirts don't really reuse their clothing.... Sad
Shrestha Mohapatra (7 months ago)
If you're a middle class Indian , then your t-shirt becomes a floor cleaner (pochha)
Matthew Lowing (7 months ago)
I was bitting my T Shirt and then it says that it could cause cancer
Mystical Magical Moose (7 months ago)
Whenever I where white clothes, I spill something on them.
gta4everrr (7 months ago)
This video made me feel better about still wearing shirts I bought like 10 years ago and generally not having a lot clothes
Karl Kelly (7 months ago)
every freaking thing in the world either harms the environment or gives us cancer. shame on the universe
Tuấn Trần Thiện (7 months ago)
after seeing this i decided to use plastic bag as clothes.
Scott Tritten (7 months ago)
Dryers absolutely destroy clothing. I never use dryers on my clothes any more, and the clothes last several times as long now. I've been wearing the same 6 shirts for the last 3 years and they are all still in fine shape, barring some minor fading.
Cathleen Zhang (7 months ago)
What about acrylic/polyester fabrics
Ren Explores Australia (7 months ago)
We do ALL the recycling method with our clothes! Bags turn into rags, t - shirts and pants donated and we only go shopping twice a year ❤️😄
George Brown (8 months ago)
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George Brown (8 months ago)
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awlso sonele
George Brown (8 months ago)
ok ill subscribe to moi
George Brown (8 months ago)
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George Brown (8 months ago)
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George Brown (8 months ago)
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George Brown (8 months ago)
me t-shirts betta dan uyrs heeha
Leia And Jocelyn (8 months ago)
Thanks for making me feel bad I just went shopping today
Fluffy Cat (8 months ago)
tottalynotmagpie (8 months ago)
what is the first wearable cloth ever made
Galaxy Animations (8 months ago)
I love how the animater animates this its amazing 💝
Reema Eid (8 months ago)
why don't but a arabic translation?
sneha punna (8 months ago)
How I love this channel!
Emilen Nuarot (8 months ago)
Где ссылки на исследования и кто их инспектировал?
Dean D'souza (8 months ago)
The world takes advantage of the cheap labour of these places.
Shubham Toshniwal (8 months ago)
Who's watching this wearing a shirt
Shanaza W (8 months ago)
I’m supposed to write a 100 word reflection on how this video relates to my life, for school. Send help lmao
Lianne Narisie (8 months ago)
Good thing don't buy much clothes and i make sure it lasts me years (i still wear clothes that's probably 7- 8 years already). If it doesn't fit anymore I give it to my younger cousins. I knew that clothes actually play a part in polluting bodies of water since my past school had a river near it. We clean the river from time to time and the amount of fabric we collect every time is really alarming. What i did not know is that just the farming for cotton, making the shirt and export already plays a big part in polluting the earth. This is sad. The fact that media plays a part in pushing us people to buy and discard clothes just like that.
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nakkesha mathiazhagan (8 months ago)
we are making plastic bottle recycling items such as pencil holders in school, i suggested it after this video.
Cyrus John Arnaiz (8 months ago)
my mom used tshirt rags in our house
Randomkidthing (8 months ago)
You got yourself one more sub
PieFlavr (8 months ago)
Although you make a good point, aren't 'organic' grown crops able to use conventional methods nonetheless?
Anna Rostagno (8 months ago)
Why are your trying to make us feel bad about wearing clothes? They are bigger problems
angelbells panlaqui (8 months ago)
The way I see t shirts are now change...

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