second_hand_clothing_industry_fact_and_figures

 

“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:

 http://www.bcrglobal.com/assets/downloads/research_shc.pdf

 

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.

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