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Where do your online returns go? - Aparna Mehta

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Do you ever order clothes online in different sizes and colors, just to try them on and then send back what doesn't work? Aparna Mehta used to do this all time, until she one day asked herself: Where do all these returned clothes go? In an eye-opening talk, she reveals the unseen world of "free" online returns and shares a plan to help put an end to this growing environmental catastrophe.

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My personal opinion of the video, is that it is a bad idea to put clothes returns, because people made this option as if it was normal, and it is not normal that people buy clothes just because they want to and do not know if that is their size, the color they choose, among others.
07/20/2022 • 
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I think it's wrong to return clothes because it's useless, isn't it? I mean buying clothes without knowing what size they're going to fit or what color you're going to like and then returning them because you didn't like them or they didn't fit, that then goes in the garbage, I mean it's a waste of fabric. Someone who maybe has been doing this for a long time and then throws it away and then pollutes the planet just because I didn't like these clothes or because they didn't fit me and I paid for them because I didn't know what I wanted. It's something that was created in a night half asleep with the feet.
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