The high cost of cheap fashion

The rising global demand for cheap cashmere isn't just turning Mongolia into a dust bowl. It is also threatening the existence of the snow leopard on three fronts: by pushing out the saiga antelope that the leopards eat, by destroying snow leopard habitat, and through retaliatory and pre-emptive attacks by goat herders on snow leopards. Sad! Cashmere is soft, it's true, but it's not worth this kind of environmental cost.

Image courtesy Flickr/renedrivers

Erika is a writer, knitter, animal lover, and aspiring foodie living in rural northern Washington. A recovering Unix sysadmin, she is a fan of technology and the internet, and strives to be an upstanding digital citizen. She recently gave into her baser desires and purchased an iPhone.

Comments

Ugh. Seriously, people? I'm so tired of us just murdering everything in sight for FUR. Rabbits and such are bad enough, but endangered species are especially sad.

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