Our second-hand donations result in African textile factories closing and people losing jobs. Do we just stop giving to charity shops?
Should we stop donating to charity shops?
It has been revealed that 90% of the clothes we donate to charity shops end up being exported, mostly to Africa. The second-hand clothes export market from the UK to Ghana alone is thought to be worth around £50 million. Our cast-offs are being snapped up because they're cheaper than locally-made alternatives, resulting in African textile factories closing and people losing jobs. So is the answer to no longer give our worn-out clothes to charity shops? Or is there another solution?
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