根据最新的研究，英国已成为第二大出口旧衣服的国家。英国人丢弃了价值数百万英镑的衣服。在国际贸易中丢弃的衣服，当这些商品不能在英国的慈善商店出售。根据英国慈善零售协会的数据，90%的废弃衣物最终会被送往商店，并在那里进行再利用。但据布鲁克说，只有10% – 30%的二手衣服在商店出售。建议美国和加拿大也采取类似的比例。根据布鲁克斯的说法，商店里卖不到的衣服都交给了商人。这些商人对这些服装进行分类、分级，然后以剩余的数量出口，从而将慈善转化为贸易。布鲁克斯指出,“有一个神奇的时刻,礼物变成了一种商品,”“像许多项目使用,表面上二手衣服似乎有很少的价值,但是通过排序和运输的过程——将无序对象转化为有序的商品——它们是复制retailable资产。”伦敦一家名为LMB Textile Recycling的公司将这些商品转变成可交易的服装。
According to the latest research UK has become the second largest country that exports used clothes. The people from UK have discarded tones of clothes that priced in millions. The international trading of the cast off clothes, when these goods could not be sold in the charity shops of UK itself. According to Charity Retail Association of UK, 90% of the discarded clothes end up in the stores, where they are sold for reuse. But according to Brook only 10- 30 % of the used clothes are sold in the stores. The similar proportion is suggested for US and Canada. According to Brooks, the garments which are not sold in stores are handed over to the merchants. These merchants sort, grade and later export these garment in surplus amount and thus converts the charity into trade. Brooks states that “There’s a moment of magic where a gift turns into a commodity,” “Like many used items, on the surface second-hand clothes may appear to have very little value, but through processes of sorting and transporting – turning disorderly objects into an ordered commodity – they are reproduced as retailable assets.” One of the London based company named as LMB Textile Recycling, transforms the goods into tradable clothing.
The director of the company is Ross Berry. He and his staff members collect the clothes from the clothing banks on the behalf of charities. They check the goods by hand for grading and quality purposes. The clothes which are in good condition and can be restored after little amendments are sold to the buyers in Africa and Global South. These are the places where these used garments are even of high value. For people from poor countries, Brooks states that “They get cheap, affordable clothing that works for them, that’s fashionable and that lasts a long time,”The donated and discarded clothes from UK, North America and Western Europe are sold to the buyers of developing economies. The Brooks’s analysis in his book Clothing Poverty describe the condition that how the used garments could lead to a global market of millions, where only few people are benefited and the Global South remains exploited and poor. According to him this trading is unethical and wrong. He argues that the old and cast off cloths from Western countries as well as the availability of cheap cloths from East Asia are affecting the textile markets of many countries.