“The impact of the second-hand clothing trade on developing countries” by Oxfam gives some insight into the importance of the second hand clothing trade which can be read in its entirety here:


In summary, second-hand clothing:


Has clear consumer benefits, especially in countries with low purchasing power, and for poorer consumers

Is perhaps a factor in undermining local textile/clothing production and employment

Supports the livelihoods of thousands of people

Is poorly regulated and probably facilitated considerable customs fraud

Is a dominate feature of the clothing market in many sub-Saharan African countries


Companies often have recycle back programs, such as Apple, Nike and LensCrafters although donating used clothing to charitable organizations such as the Goodwill or drop-off bins are also very convenient.