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nariusone t1_ja0fpye wrote

"second-hand clothing"? Is that the official term for "trash"?


chrysostomos_1 t1_ja0h7jw wrote

No it means second hand wearable clothing for people who are very poor by European standards.


suitcaseismyhome t1_ja0hka5 wrote

And it means significant impact on the local textile and sewing industry. The majority is burned, creating other hazards.

> Every day in Kenya, about 150 to 200 tonnes of textile waste – between 60 to 75 truckloads – ends up being dumped, burnt, or sent to overflowing dump sites.,sold%20to%20retailers%20in%20bales.


chrysostomos_1 t1_ja0p857 wrote

Significant positive impact on the local clothing industry. Read an article a couple years ago in the New Yorker. The clothes aren't just sold. They are disassembled and reassembled in new shapes and patterns and the industry employs thousands of people locally.


Heineken008 t1_ja1kl4v wrote

The Mitumba industry is at the very least highly controversial. Yes it does employ thousands of people but there is an enormous amount of waste in unusable clothing and it also prevents there from being much local production of textiles.


chrysostomos_1 t1_ja1v049 wrote

Not controversial at all if you believe in an integrated world economy. If the African textile industry were healthy it would supply materials that manufacturers would use rather than using second hand textiles. The national authorities could ban second hand materials but then the industry would go dark and the workers would suffer. Less clothing would be produced from recycled materials, prices would go up and the locals would be that much worse off. That's how I read it at least.


Heineken008 t1_ja42z3q wrote

Some countries like Rwanda have banned the practice. Kenya which is the main hub for East Africa is considering banning it, in fact Raila Odinga campaigned on it.


chrysostomos_1 t1_ja4aelt wrote

Beware of unintended consequences. My guess is that the local recycle industry which employs thousands of local people will be replaced by low cost imports from Bangladesh and Vietnam. If high import duties are enacted to support local clothing manufacturers then costs go up to the locals and benefits go up to smugglers and corrupt border officials.