See Carpets of Flowers and Dunes of Clothing in World’s Driest Desert

A person searches for clothing in a pile of discarded garments in the Atacama Desert.

An individual searches for clothes in a pile of discarded clothes within the Atacama Desert.
Photograph, Antonio Cossio ,AP,

Greater than 65,000 tons of used clothes, shipped from Asia, Europe, and the US, arrive every year in Iquique, the place they’re meant to be resold round Latin America. The port is what’s referred to as the Inquique “free zone,, considered one of a number of areas in Chile meant to encourage worldwide commerce, the place there are no tariffs, taxes, or different customs-related charges.

Consequently, every year about 35,000 tons of clothes, which may’t be resold, keep within the “free zone,” since nobody desires to pay the tariffs required to maneuver them again out of the realm. Landfills refuse to take the artificial fibers that make up the majority of the clothes, EcoFibra founder Franklin Zepeda instructed AFPso the desert has change into the dumping floor.

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