Why is a T-shirt so inexpensive? © Siemens Stiftung 2019 CC BY-SA 4.0 international

Why is a T-shirt so inexpensive?

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The most important cost elements of a 4.95-euro T-shirt are illustrated based on a simplified sample calculation.

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2021-06-25
The following cost elements are shown:
• Cultivation costs of the raw material cotton in the United States
• Costs to transport the cotton to Asia for processing
• Costs to process the cotton into a T-shirt, e.g., in Bangladesh
• Costs to transport the T-shirt for sales in Europe
• Sale costs of the T-shirt in Europe
• Profit for the fashion chain
• Value-added tax.

The individual steps are displayed by clicking the “Next" button. For each step, there is an explanation that can be shown and hidden. The individual costs are totaled on a symbolic “cash register."
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Personal, social and health education (PSHE)
Grade 1 to 4
Elementary school
Globalization; Production process; Trade
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