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Worse for wear: clothes pile up in warehouses as second-hand market crashes

Donations have mounted as people stuck at home clear out their wardrobes – a boon in normal times

Sonya Dowsett and George Obulutsa

Clothes recycling is the pressure-release valve of fast fashion, and it’s breaking under Covid-19 curbs.

The multibillion-dollar trade in second-hand clothing helps prevent the global fashion industry’s growing pile of waste going straight to landfill, while keeping wardrobes clear for next season’s designs. But it’s facing a crisis.

Exporters are struggling, as are traders and customers in often poorer nations from Africa to Eastern Europe and Latin America who rely on a steady supply of used clothes...

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