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Why you shouldn't buy the one pound bikini from Missguided

Missguided has recently released their one pound bikini and it seems they have completely forgotten about climate change and how 'fast fashion' is incredibly damaging to the environment.

The French Government have recently made a bid to ban burning unsold clothing, as it is revealed that approximately £576 millions worth of non-food products are destroyed every year in France. This is so wasteful and harmful to our planet, and it is time every country should follow France's lead to stop this before it's too late.

Anyone buying this bikini for the sake of saving some pennies needs to really think about how they shop—we can only assume that anything sold for £1 has not been made well, and will ultimately pollute the environment when you throw it away in a months time. Also, the product is made from polyester, which is a non-biodegradable material that will last between 20-200 years. Plastic is one of the worst pollutants contributing to climate change and the destruction of ocean life, with fishing nets, straws and plastic particles all making their way into the homes of sea life. This certainly is not the smartest way to shop.

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“Sea turtles and other animals are much more likely to be harmed by lost and discarded fishing gear than by other plastic waste. Scientists affiliated with The Ocean Cleanup, a group working to reduce plastic pollution, determined that, by weight, fishing nets make up at least 46 per cent of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating pile of rubbish that’s three times the size of France. Eel traps, baskets, ropes, and other abandoned fishing gear, also known as ‘ghost gear’, make up the majority of the rest. Some 640,000 tonnes of ghost gear enter the world’s oceans every year and can mutilate and kill marine animals for many years afterwards. It’s a gruesome death. Animals who become entangled in heavy fishing gear can drown, die of exhaustion after weeks of struggling to free themselves, or slowly starve to death if the gear is lodged in their mouths and prevents them from feeding. Just last month, a seal trapped in an enormous mass of fishing nets and other litter was spotted off the coast of Cornwall. After rescuers failed to locate him alive, his body eventually washed up on a nearby beach, wrapped in 35 kilograms of plastic. ‘This animal suffered a prolonged, tortured death, there is no question of that,’ said a volunteer who inspected the animal. A similar fate befalls millions of other seals, turtles, whales, dolphins, sharks, birds, and other animals. Humans who consume fish are also at risk, as a study found that the average consumer of ‘seafood’ unwittingly eats 11,000 pieces of microplastic every year.” Source: https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/08/the-real-threat-to-the-ocean-is-the-fish-on-your-plate-not-the-straw-in-your-drink-9856337/ #cowspiracy #animalagriculture #fishing #environment #plastic #bycatch Comic @justcomics_official

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The fact that this bikini is just £1 raises questions about how the workers are being paid to make this product—how much are they getting paid and are they working in a safe environment?

There are clothing companies such as TALA and Pretty Little Thing have been doing. TALA makes products from recycled bottles, ensuring an ethical workplace, while PLT has recently released its RECYCLED range.

PLT's recycled range is brilliant for those basic clothing needs as the outfits are simple and wearable, an everyday staple. Primark, often notorious for the environment and workplace scandals, is even using recycled cotton. Lucy and Yak are also a popular choice for ethical clothing if you are looking for more options.

There are plenty of ethical clothing company's out there so you can make the best choice possible for both you and the planet.

Since the release of the £1 bikini, Missguided has released a statement: 'It cost us more to produce than £1 and we're absorbing the costs so we can offer it at an incredible price as a gift to our customers. There has been no compromise with this bikini - it is sourced to the same high standards as all of our other products.'

Let us know what you think about the £1 bikini in the comments.