The Skinny On Secondhand Clothes

Planning on donating your old clothes to charity this Xmas? You may be interested to learn that your old t-shirts are actually a valuable part of the $1 billion a year secondhand clothing industry. The Spectator traced the path of hand-me-down clothing and found that only about a third is resold in charity shops and the rest is sent to rag sorting houses. There, the worst clothing is shredded and used for industry and the rest goes to Africa, which imported $80 million worth of U.S. hand me downs last year. While some claim the castoffs are crippling Africa's textile industry, they are also creating millions of jobs for importers, washers, and sellers. Tailors in particular have plenty of work resewing oversized Western clothes to sell to slimmer Africans. [The Spectator]


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