Lots of people are planning to buy no new clothes this year, favouring second-hand or making do with what they already have. However, sales at online fast fashion sites, trade is going well. Could you give up buying new clothes for a year? Would you do it over concerns with the environment? Georgina and Neil discuss this fashion and environment and teach you some useful items of vocabulary.
This week’s question:
Do you know how many items of clothing were sent to landfill in the UK in 2017? Was it…
a) 23 million items
b) 234 million items
c) 2.3 billion items
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.
publicly promising to do something (you can make a pledge to do something)
given to another company to do, often because that company has the skills to do it or it can be done cheaper
if a company undercuts another, it charges less to do a job than its competitor
𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 (𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠)
caused by or a result of something
unreasonable – not sensible, more driven by emotions than practical reason
strong negative reaction to what is happening
You can download the text here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200220