Some countries have tried to ban used clothing imports...

Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi have all attempted to ban used clothing sent from the U.S. because of its impact on the environment and local textile industries. The U.S., however, responded to these actions with trade pressure, forcing some of these countries to take back their proposed bans.

Huge selection of different used clothes for men, women and children on the rack in a seco

How can individuals and countries in the Global North stop dumping textile waste abroad?

In the following 6-minute video, Matilda Lartey (an artisan and community activist in Ghana) and Stacey Johnson (a sustainability expert in the U.S.) discuss this question.

Interested in learning more?

Textile Waste Facts is a free 30-minute course developed by the Aftermath Learning Lab about textile waste and environmental justice. In the modules, you will explore solutions to textile waste and create your own personal action plan.