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Natural Resources Defense Council: Filthy apparel industry needs a green makeover


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Mass market fashion has never been a particularly good steward of the environment. Trendy pieces are meant to be discarded after a few months of wear. But that's not the only detrimental effect of the apparel industry.

It's also responsible for a fifth of the world's industrial water pollution and 10 percent of all climate pollution. It's a trillion-dollar industry desperately in need of a makeover.

Cue the Natural Resources Defense Council. They've begun a "Clean by Design" project to help textile companies clean up their act.

NRDC scientist Linda Greer manages the Clean by Design project and she joined Take Two, along with George Black, an environmental reporter who has recently returned from Vietnam where he visited a blue jeans factory in the process of going green.