We love this photo collection published in Foreign Policy about the west’s “misguided attempts” to get rid of old clothing. The Superbowl shirts pictured above are particularly painful for the Bears fans who lost the big game to the Colts that year, but the influx of casted-off clothing may hurt local textile industries too. The piece also examines how Toms, the shoe manufacturer that promises to match every shoe purchase with a pair for a barefoot kid in a poor country, is “good marketing but bad aid.” Check out the entire photo gallery here.


3 Replies to "Photos: Where Donated Clothes Go"
Phil says:
November 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Great photo essay, thanks for the heads up. Definitely check out Project Repat, flips GIK aid on its head. Pretty cool: http://www.projectrepat.org/

m says:
November 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

thanks for the link. reminds me of a very illustrative documentary on the way secondhand clothing undermined African textile industries, called T-Shirt Travels


Nabeela says:
October 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm


I work for a multinational bank in Bahrain. I’m planning to propose a project to our management by which our staff can donate cloths. May I please know if you are willing to help me with this project.

Kind regards,
Nabeela AbdulAziz

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