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Clothing and some amazing facts

Clothing (also known as clothes, apparel, and garb) are articles of clothing that are worn on the body. Clothing is primarily made of fabrics or textiles, but it has also included garments made from animal skin or other thin sheets of materials stitched together over time. Clothing is mostly exclusive to humans and is an element of all human societies.

Gender, body type, social, and geographic factors all influence the amount and type of clothing worn.Clothing can provide protection from the elements, rough surfaces, rash-causing plants, bug bites, splinters, thorns, and prickles by acting as a barrier between the skin and the environment. Clothes can insulate against cold or hot circumstances, and they can also act as a hygienic barrier, keeping contagious and hazardous things away from the body.

Clothing also protects against UV rays. Scientists have never agreed on when humans first started wearing garments, with estimates ranging from 40,000 to 3 million years ago. Recent research on the evolution of body lice have indicated a more recent development, implying the usage of garments around 170,000 years ago, with others indicating as low as 40,000. Unfortunately, despite these hints, no one estimate is commonly recognised.

Amazing facts about clothing

  • The average American discards approximately 82 pounds of textile waste every year. That is 11 million tonnes of rubbish produced by the United States alone each year. While it may appear to be harmless to discard damaged clothing, these fabrics are more likely to end up in landfills, where they build up and emit deadly greenhouse gases into the environment.
  • A cotton shirt requires 700 gallons of water to produce. It requires a lot of water to manufacture the cotton required for clothing. To put these figures in context, the amount of water required to manufacture a t-shirt is enough to keep one person hydrated for 900 days, whereas the amount of water required to make a pair of jeans is similar to hosing down your lawn for 9 hours.
  • Clothes can degrade after up to 40 years. When we toss away our garments, we understand that we will never see them again. However, just because our abandoned clothing are no longer in our possession does not imply that they have vanished. While certain materials disintegrate more slowly than others, they always have negative environmental consequences.
  • Textiles are recyclable in 95% of cases. We continue to toss away our old textiles year after year, despite the fact that practically all of them may be recycled! This suggests that there is an alternative to dumping garbage in a landfill. The US Environmental Protection Agency projected in 2013 that 2.3 million tonnes of textiles were recycled, avoiding disposal.
  • 70% of the world’s population uses secondhand apparel. So, the next time you go shopping, consider going to a thrift store! This not only helps to promote a more circular textile sector, but it also saves you money.
  • There’s a bra that also serves as a gas mask. It’s designed to be snapped off and placed over the mouth in an emergency.
  • The bra-strap clasp was designed and patented by Mark Twain (yes, that Mark Twain).
  • Children were clothed as little grownups up until the nineteenth century.
  • Designer Andr√© Courreges introduced the first miniskirt in 1965. It finished four inches above the knee.
  • Prior to Queen Victoria’s white wedding, white was a colour associated with grief.
  • To stop his soldiers from wiping their noses on their clothes, Napoleon had brass buttons placed on the sleeves of their uniforms.
  • Until 2001, Disney personnel were not permitted to wear their own undergarments under their costumes and were required to share Disney-issued undergarments. However, after several employees complained about having pubic lice and reporting ruined underwear, the firm revised their policy.
  • The spacesuits worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were actually designed by Playtex, a bra manufacturer.

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