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LONDON - Major fashion brands and retailers have been accused of failing to honour promises to give a second life to used clothes donated by consumers in store take-back schemes, in a new report.

The Changing Markets Foundation says it used Apple AirTags to track 21 'good condition' garments donated to H&M, Zara, C&A, Primark, Nike, The North Face, Uniqlo and M&S stores in Belgium, France, Germany and the UK, or posted to Boohoo's take-back scheme.

Of these 21 garments, just five were resold, while seven were downcycled or destroyed, four were shipped to Africa while the rest were described as "lost in limbo" - either left in storage in warehouses or their original drop-off point.

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