Stop sending unwanted clothes to Africa
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Stop sending unwanted clothes to Africa

    1. Benard Boye
    2. Petition by

      Benard Boye

      Croydon, United Kingdom

Unwanted clothes are hurting economies in Africa and elsewhere. Countries in Africa manufacture a rich, unique and diverse range of garments suited to their environments, cultures, climate and body types.

The multitude of unwanted clothes sent to Africa on a daily basis have destroyed this way of life and ended jobs in textile and clothing manufacture for local people.

Moreover, by sending unwanted clothes to Africa, you are aiding and abetting brand names (many of which are unethical) and helping those brands avoid responsibility for the wasteful consumption they generate and profit from. 

To:
Clothes4Africa, Clothes4Africa
African Development Trust
Stop sending unwanted clothes to Africa

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The Campaign is featured in the Sunday Express 22/09/2013

      Benard Boye
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for your continuous and unreserved support and my gratitude extends to the Express newspaper for covering the story. Britons up and down the country will now begin to discover the full extent of the problem.

      African countries ripped off by rag trader in gift charity clothing

      Unscrupulous traders buy up the clothing and sell it on at mark-ups of up to 3,000 per cent. The effect of cheap clothing being dumped on African markets has been to devastate local clothing manufacture with thousands losing their jobs and plunged deeper into poverty. African countries have also suffered cultural devastation.

    2. Progress so far

      Benard Boye
      Petition Organizer

      Dear All,

      Thank you all very much once again. I have recieved a reponse from the 'African Development trust' but yet to recieve one from 'Clothes 4 Africa' despite our growing outcry.

      The African Development trust have offered an invitation to visit them at their London office to learn more about how the unwanted clothes they collect is helping a country ravaged by some of the worst atrocities revive and keep their traditions including the way they dress and the idustries they rely on to do so.

      The country they refer to is Somalia and I agree that people of such fragile nature anywhere in the world need help but what they certainly do not need is to be taken advantage of.

      I have responded by accepting their invitation and I will update of the visit and the outcome once this has taken place.

      Best regards,

      Benard Boye

    3. Decision-maker African Development Trust responds:

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Thank you for your overwhelming support and kindness.

      Benard Boye
      Petition Organizer

      Dear All,

      I wrote to Clothes 4 Africa and the African Development trust on 12/08/2013 but I am yet to recieve a response to my letter.

      At the time of writing the campaign had a little less than a 100 supportes so with close a 1000 supporters now I'm sure they will rethink their silence and draft a response otherwise I will be paying them a visit to hand copies of the letter in person.

      I will also email you guys a copy of the letter each, they recieve an email notification each time a signature is added so they are well aware of your growing support for this campaign.

      Please continue to spread the word and together lets help make this world a better place for all.

      Best Regards,

      Benard Boye

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Where your unwanted clothes endup!

      Benard Boye
      Petition Organizer

      Enter West Africa Part 2: White Man's Deads

      http://www.aishola.com/enterwestafrica Cheap Chinese imports aren't the only threat to Ghana's textile industry. Used clothes shipped to the country from Europe and America have become so popular over the years, the trade has led to the collapse of a large chunk of Ghana's textile sector.

    8. Charity Kills African textiles

      Benard Boye
      Petition Organizer

      Global 3000 : Charity Kills African textiles

      Donated clothing kills African textiles industries

    9. Your pants are killing me

      Benard Boye
      Petition Organizer

      Your pants are killing me

      Stop donating your unwanted clothes to charity - burn or recycle them in a different way. Radio Dj and host of Afrovibes show on Green Futures Festival Radio warns of the dangers of charitable donations.

    10. Reached 50 signatures
    11. 7 worst international aid ideas

      Benard Boye
      Petition Organizer

      7 worst international aid ideas

      Maybe their hearts were in the right place. Maybe not. Either way, these are solid contenders for the title of "worst attempts at helping others since colonialism." 1. One million t-shirts for Africa Aid circles employ the cynical acronym SWEDOW (stuff we don't want) to describe initiatives like Jason Sadler's 1 Million T-Shirts project.

    12. Reached 25 signatures
    13. Why Sending Your Old Clothes to Africa Doesn't Help

      Benard Boye
      Petition Organizer

      Why Sending Your Old Clothes to Africa Doesn't Help

      Aid and development are deeply complex and there are no easy answers. The physical donations of goods, be it food or clothes, often have negative impacts on the local economy. It would be far better for aid organizations to buy products locally. Aid shouldn't be about making North Americans comfortable with a culture of mass consumption and waste.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jean Vidler KINGSTON UPON THAMES, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      We need to reduce the amount of cheap clothing we purchase in the UK. It leads to a mountain of unwanted textile and increases our output of greenhouse gases. Fewerclothes made to last longer is a better way of living. Mending your own clothes too - how empowering!

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    • Hannah Noton CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      Donating goods physically isn't what we should be doing; think of the costs to package and transport them. It's ruining local economies and does nothing to preserve their culture. Contrary to popular western belief, the majority of African people can afford clothes. Our 'generosity' is destroying the jobs of people who make and sell clothes in Africa and it needs to stop.

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    • Sam Cox BASINGSTOKE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      help the men and women out their to regain there living and stop big brands

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    • January Ansa ST LOUIS, MO
      • 8 months ago

      I support Africans doing for self. the ability to create your own industries and manufacturing mills! Go AFRICA!!

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    • Andrew Ellis BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Africa is my motherland!

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