Employees sort used clothing at a facility operated by second-hand clothing trading firm Baijingyu in Hangzhou, China. Less than 1 per cent of the 26 million tonnes of clothing and accessories discarded each year in China is recycled or reused; the rest is exported, downcycled or burned. Photo: Bloomberg
Employees sort used clothing at a facility operated by second-hand clothing trading firm Baijingyu in Hangzhou, China. Less than 1 per cent of the 26 million tonnes of clothing and accessories discarded each year in China is recycled or reused; the rest is exported, downcycled or burned. Photo: Bloomberg
Fashion

‘When people see second-hand clothes, they think poverty’: China has millions of tons of discarded clothing no one wants

  • China’s love for fast fashion sees 26 million tonnes of clothes and footwear thrown away every year, less than one per cent of which is reused or recycled
  • Only charities in China can sell used clothing, and with few takers, most is exported, downcycled, sent to landfill, or burned in incinerators

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Employees sort used clothing at a facility operated by second-hand clothing trading firm Baijingyu in Hangzhou, China. Less than 1 per cent of the 26 million tonnes of clothing and accessories discarded each year in China is recycled or reused; the rest is exported, downcycled or burned. Photo: Bloomberg
Employees sort used clothing at a facility operated by second-hand clothing trading firm Baijingyu in Hangzhou, China. Less than 1 per cent of the 26 million tonnes of clothing and accessories discarded each year in China is recycled or reused; the rest is exported, downcycled or burned. Photo: Bloomberg
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