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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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    Lorena Lombardozzi

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    Lorena is a Lecturer in Economics at the School of Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, and Geography (PPEDG) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the Open University. Her research interests relate to the ...

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    Cristina Santos

    (Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences)

    Cristina is a Lecturer in Economics at the School of Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, and Geography (PPEDG) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the Open University. She is interested in the Economics of the ...

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