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The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli
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Oct 31, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2007

Very interesting discussion of how subsidized cotton from America is sent to China for creating a T-Shirt. (There might be a few more round trips, i.e. fabric is created abroad, and then the shirt is made in Mexico, and then it is printed back in Asia). Eventually, the hypothetical same T-Shirt returns to Florida to be sold to tourists, until eventually it is discarded at a thrift store donation box. But the story is not over. Due to the low cost of empty shipping containers leaving the US, our T-Shirt ends up creating more profit through resale in Africa.

I listened to the audible audiobook version.

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message 1: by Patrick (new)

Patrick I remember walking through Chichicastenango, Guatemala and marvelling at the guy I saw wearing a University of Michigan t-shirt. It turns out that the nearby town of Solola had a used t-shirt store, where shirts that Goodwill couldn´t sell in the US were shipped down.

I´m sure the U of M shirt was an oversight by Goodwill.

Jonathan Haha! Thanks Patrick.

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