Ghana imports large amounts of secondhand clothing from the UK and other countries, but poor quality makes much of it unsaleable. Over 50 tons a day, representing about forty percent of the items coming into Kantamanto, the main market, end up being thrown away.
Landfill sites in Ghana are overflowing with the debris. Low quality fast fashion items, cheap single use t-shirts from marathons or other special events, and unclean items have little to no value in the resale market. Vendors gamble, buying their bales of used clothing sight unseen, and hope for the best. Sadly, much of what they purchase will be thrown away, making Ghana and other African countries a dumping ground for other countries’ unwanted textile waste.
Video Spotlight: How fast fashion choices in the the UK are causing an environmental catastrophe in Ghana (Feb 18, 2020, ITV News)
This post is based on the Daily Mail article, The fast fashion trash mountain: Shocking report reveals today’s cheap clothes are so badly made they often can’t be resold—and end up rotting into a toxic soup in Africa, by Barbara Davies, February 25, 2020, and the YouTube video featured in Continue reading