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Fashion 101

Andy Warhol style montage of Dex
Dex

So why are we doing so much about fashion and clothes? It doesn't sound very green to me.

Izz

But it is, Dex. YOU may wear the same t-shirt every day, but MOST people have more than one outfit. They buy clothes made all over the world. They wash their clothes in different kinds of soap. And then they get bored or grow out of them. All of that does something to the planet. Do you want to know more?

Dex

Well, the show I was going to watch is a repeat. And it's raining. And I don't want to do my homework. So, go on, Izz, tell me more.

Izz

I feel so loved. Let's start here: who made your jeans?

Dex

Ummmm...a jeans maker? A jeansologist?

Izz

It could have been someone on the other side of the world who made, like, 10 cents for her work. And let's say you washed or ironed your clothes. How much energy does it take to do that? And when you're sick of your clothes, do you throw them out or recycle them? Or just leave them in a pile under your bed?

Dex

Excuse me: it's not a pile. It's a heap. Big difference.

Things You Maybe Didn't Know About Fashion

Izz

That was a lot to take in. So in the next few pages we'll try some of these ideas on for size, from "swishing" to shark-skin swimwear.

Dex

Wait. "Try them on for size". I get it. On with the sharks.