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    Why Donating Your Clothes Isnít As Helpful As You Think

    You might feel good about donating your old clothes, but nobody actually needs them. Part of the problem is fast fashion. Experts say the solution is to stop buying.


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    Sorry but I disagree. Many charity shops do well selling second hand clothes. The video telling people not to donate clothes will deprive poor people of clothes. Fashion obsessed and buying clothes all the time for the latest trends is often something that rich people do.
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    I would suggest to cut clothes in two parts , when tired of these .

    Donating clothes frees the garbage bin .

    Destroyed clothing can be recycled , clothing bins should offer to separate artificial yarn textiles from organic ones like cotton , wool , linnen , as containers do for glass ( transparent | green,brown ) .


    People can purchase cheap clothing everywhere , and oversized people will not get much from second hand clothing .

    The only thing , that would make second hand clothing usefull , is probably , that they were washed already several times , and any toxic sprays these were enriched with to protect them from animal nagging , have vanished .

    Otherwise , please do not feed "the poor" for your own psychological wellbeing .
    The poor need positive perspective , and not old clothing without future !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fire spirit View Post
    Sorry but I disagree. Many charity shops do well selling second hand clothes. The video telling people not to donate clothes will deprive poor people of clothes. Fashion obsessed and buying clothes all the time for the latest trends is often something that rich people do.
    It's more often something that poorer people do. I've always been amazed on how fashion obsessed the lower echelons are. The richer ones more often look at what they are actually spend their money on including clothing. Rather buy something solid than try pleasing the latest fashion hunch.

    As for the collecting and redistributing of second hand clothing. That actually may do more harm than good. It deprives the local sellers of clothing in the communities this is destined for of opportunity to (manufacture and) sell clothing to their clientele. Which is one reason poorer countries are taxing such imports as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theunissen View Post
    It deprives the local sellers of clothing in the communities this is destined for of opportunity to (manufacture and) sell clothing to their clientele. Which is one reason poorer countries are taxing such imports as well.
    You mean H&M, Cotton-on etc. Local sellers / producers do not exist on any level worth a mention, it all comes from Bangladesh or Mexico, these are multinational corporations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theunissen View Post
    It's more often something that poorer people do. I've always been amazed on how fashion obsessed the lower echelons are. The richer ones more often look at what they are actually spend their money on including clothing. Rather buy something solid than try pleasing the latest fashion hunch.

    As for the collecting and redistributing of second hand clothing. That actually may do more harm than good. It deprives the local sellers of clothing in the communities this is destined for of opportunity to (manufacture and) sell clothing to their clientele. Which is one reason poorer countries are taxing such imports as well.
    I would argue that most people, especially women, regardless of disposable income are seduced by the modern and capitalist notion of 'fashion', a nebulous concept but one which makes the fat capitalists even fatter. The more disposable income people have the more they spend on this tat and thus the richer do in fact spend more in quantitative terms, not necessarily in proportionate terms vis a vis their income. 'Fashion' also includes those who are seduced into buying the latest 'smart' phone every 6 months-the 'smart' phone is a device for dumb people.

    The way forward is to educate the masses that by buying into the concept of 'fashion' they are in effect making the capitalists richer and themselves poorer and in turn they are contributing to the further destruction of the natural world through the use of the earth's finite resources and climate change. This is one more reason why we must smash capitalism. We could learn a great deal from the Counterculture of the late 60s-mid 70s in this regard.

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    I wear my clothes out, my style has not changed in 20 years, so when something gets worn it becomes a shop towel, which usually gets burned by putting beeswax on hot iron. I only wear natural fiber in my everyday work clothes for safety reasons.

    I do have for question for folks.....which has fed more people, charity or greed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpearBrave View Post
    I wear my clothes out, my style has not changed in 20 years, so when something gets worn it becomes a shop towel, which usually gets burned by putting beeswax on hot iron. I only wear natural fiber in my everyday work clothes for safety reasons.
    I do have for question for folks.....which has fed more people, charity or greed?
    Good to see you are recycling. In answer to your question-charity although I believe that resources should be shared according to need.

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    Definitely greed, however we have a population of 400 000 of 4 000 0000 in white squatter-camps. They receive no grants or subsidies they can scarcely afford food. As far as I am considered through no fault of their own. It is exceptional circumstances.
    Although the word "Commando" was wrongly used to describe all Boer soldiers, a commando was a unit formed from a particular district. None of the units was organized in regular companies, battalions or squadrons. The Boer commandos were individualists who were difficult to control, resented formal discipline or orders, and earned a British jibe that"every Boer was his own general".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bittereinder View Post
    Definitely greed, however we have a population of 400 000 of 4 000 0000 in white squatter-camps. They receive no grants or subsidies they can scarcely afford food. As far as I am considered through no fault of their own. It is exceptional circumstances.
    Not much racial solidarity there then!

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