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The secret life of T-shirts

Updated Wednesday 9th January 2019

Explore the secret life of T-shirts as we look deeper into how they are made, how the value is created and who benefits from this value. 

Have a look at your T-shirt label, where does it say it was made? What does this actually mean? Your T-shirt may have been all around the world before it arrived in the shop you bought it from, so why is only one country listed? 

Your T-shirt has been on a long transformation process from a cotton field to your wardrobe. Find out more about all of these stages and which of them add the most value to your T-shirt. 

Finally, who benefits from this value? Find out more with our interactive exploration into the secret life of T-shirts:

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