“In “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion,” Elizabeth Cline takes a journey after realizing she has run out of room in her New York apartment to store her cheap-fashion wardrobe. “I was buying clothes,” she writes, “like a cow grazes on grass.” Much like a smoker who has quit, she can’t help but proselytize. But like that smoker, she is annoyingly on target: Our addiction to fast, inexpensive fashion is killing people and wreaking havoc on the environment in nations whose cheap labor and environmental laws let companies produce dresses that sell for a $14.99.
Her research took her around the world, into textile and clothing factories and through clothing recyclers. Fortunately for the reader, there’s a hopeful ending.”
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