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Published on Monday, 31 October 2016

Recycling bodies defend used clothing market

Written by John Mowbray

Usec clothing at the Soex factory in Germany

LONDON - Two leading textile recycling associations have refuted recent mainstream media suggestions that western exports of second hand clothing are hurting textile manufacturing sectors in East African countries. The export of second hand clothing to East Africa has been a thriving trade for many decades, however, the East African Community (EAC), made up of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda earlier this year proposed banning all imported used clothing and shoes by 2019 - a move which could have serious ramifications for the second hand market in places such as the UK, where much more clothing would likely head to landfill without the huge East African outlet.