Does it still make sense to donate second-hand clothing for rural areas?
This is an abridged and adapted translation of a commentary published on the Charity School （公益慈善学园） WeChat account on the 10th of March. Charity School is a platform for publishing news and research findings on the philanthropic sector. This commentary is on the issue of second-hand donations to rural areas in China. “Where has your donated second-hand clothing gone?” has recently become a highly searched question online, arousing extensive discussion. It has been noted that donated used clothing, which ought to be sent to disaster areas, rural areas and poverty-stricken countries in Africa, has been sold to recycling plants that recycle the fabrics and metals, allowing recycling companies to profiteer. …read more