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38. The wildly complex anatomy of a sneaker
Angel Chang
<5:03>   April 2020

 

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≪Questions:The wildly complex anatomy of a sneaker≫

1. Sneakers are called by different names depending on which country you are in. Draw lines to match the country with the term.

Australia         trainers

Britain            tennis shoes

America          runners

 

2. On average, how many pairs of shoes do people in the United States buy each year?

   

 

3. In which parts of the world are shoe factories mainly located?

 

 




4. What percentage of the fashion industry’s carbon emission does shoe manufacturing account for?

  

 

5. Which of the following statements is true?

  1. Synthetic textiles, such as polyester and nylon, make up many parts of sneakers.
  2. Creating synthetic textiles does not produce much greenhouse gas.  
  3. Using natural sources, like leather, to produce sneakers will not harm our ecosystems.
  4. Today, only natural rubber is used to make the outer soles of most shoes.

 

6. Manufacturing shoes emits more CO2than mining the fossil fuels to make synthetic textiles that are used to make shoes. Why?

  

 

 

7. How many steps does assembling a typical sneaker require?

 




8. Why does labor abuse happen in plants that many brands work with?

 

 

 

9. Why is it almost impossible to break down shoes into recyclable components?

 

 

10. Which of the following suggestions is notmade in the speech?

  1. Designers should use eco-friendly materials.
  2. Factories should berequired to develop energy efficient manufacturing processes.
  3. Consumers should not buy shoes from famous brands.
  4. We should wear our shoes longer and donate them instead of throwing them away.

 




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≪Answers:The wildly complex anatomy of a sneaker

1. Sneakers are called by different names depending on which country you are in. Draw lines to match the country with the term.

 

2. On average, how many pairs of shoes do people in the United States buy each year?
3 (pairs)

 

3. In which parts of the world are shoe factories mainly located?
China and Southeast Asia

 




4. What percentage of the fashion industry’s carbon emission does shoe manufacturing account for?
(roughly) 20% (one-fifth)

 

5. Which of the following statements is true?

  1. Synthetic textiles, such as polyester and nylon, make up many parts of sneakers.
  2. Creating synthetic textiles does not produce much greenhouse gas.  
  3. Using natural sources, like leather, to produce sneakers will not harm our ecosystems.
  4. Today, only natural rubber is used to make the outer soles of most shoes.

 

6. Manufacturing shoes emits more CO2than mining the fossil fuels to make synthetic textiles that are used to make shoes. Why?
Because factories mass-produce each piece separately, and shipping these pieces to one assembly plant emits tons of CO2.

  

 

 

7. How many steps does assembling a typical sneaker require?
more than 360 steps

 




8. Why does labor abuse happen in plants that many brands work with?
Because most brands do not own or operate their factories, and the plants are in countries with little or no worker protection laws.

 

 

9. Why is it almost impossible to break down shoes into recyclable components?
Because shoes are made of many different materials.

 

10. Which of the following suggestions is notmade in the speech?

  1. Designers should use eco-friendly materials.
  2. Factories should berequired to develop energy efficient manufacturing processes.
  3. Consumers should not buy shoes from famous brands.
  4. We should wear our shoes longer and donate them instead of throwing them away.

 

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