Chile: the impressive wild dumps of disposable textiles

  • 2 years ago
These images are ones of a toxic cemetery...
In the north of Chile, in the Atacama desert, mountains of used clothes and shoes accumulating in open-air garbage cans.
In the wild dumps in Alto Hospicio (commune of Iquique), approximately 39,000 tons of clothing are stored each year.
But this is not without consequences: this textile waste is not biodegradable.
Composed of toxic products, they contribute to the pollution of the air and waterways.
This waste comes from the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, are more and more important in the face of the unbridled production of low cost fashion ("fast fashion").
According to a 2019 UN study, global clothing production doubled between 2000 and 2014.