No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore

Just days before NASA announced 2017 was the second hottest year on reliable-record, Adam Minter penned an article titled “No One Wants Your Used Clothes Anymore” for Bloomberg.com. It’s a startling examination of the decline in second-hand fashion trade and its resulting impact of consumer waste on the environment.

“For decades, the donation bin has offered consumers in rich countries a guilt-free way to unload their old clothing. In a virtuous and profitable cycle, a global network of traders would collect these garments, grade them, and transport them around the world to be recycled, worn again, or turned into rags and stuffing,” writes Adam.

“Now that cycle is breaking down. Fashion trends are accelerating, new clothes are becoming as cheap as used ones, and poor countries are turning their backs on the secondhand trade. Without significant changes in the way that clothes are made and marketed, this could add up to an environmental disaster in the making.”

Read what he suggests to remedy the environmental impact of fashion over at Bloomberg.com.