the Secret Life of your Charity Cast Offs

Unsuccessfully tried to find out percentage of the product price given by some business supporting a Charity, instead came across a write up – about a tv documentary on BBC2 last night presented by Ade Adepitan – written by

“Eight in 10 garments are not actually sold in charity shops and the Charity Retail Association estimates that 41 per cent are sold on to commercial recyclers, and 4 per cent go to landfill. The recyclers pay charities about £500 a ton for clothes and then sorts them. Those that are only good for turning into rags are sold to upholstery suppliers; the rest are exported – many to Ghana

Alan Wheeler, director at the Textile Recycling Association, says people who raise their eyebrows at money being made from donated clothes are being naive. His industry, he explains, is a vital cog in the life-cycle of clothes, saving them from going into landfill and passing on as much as £100 million in turnover to the charities”

“There is growing concern that the appeal and ever lower prices of brands such as Ben Sherman, Fat Face, Jigsaw and Primark are forcing local manufacturers out of business. Not only that, but the rich culture of fabulously intricate textiles that have been produced in Africa for generations is in danger of dying out.

To combat the influx, some African countries, including Nigeria, have banned the import of second-hand clothes from Europe.

But, on the positive side, according to the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis, the used clothing industry supports some 10 million jobs in Kenya.”

the secret life of your Charity Cast Offs

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