Education and Training
There, she's spent the bulk of her time in the Kantamanto Market in Accra, Ghana's capital. Kantamanto is Ghana's (Opens in a new tab)largest secondhand clothing market(Opens in a new tab), and possibly the biggest in West Africa, according to Rickett's nonprofit the OR Foundation, whose website will be up and running soon. (For now, Ricketts has this website(Opens in a new tab), a multimedia research project looking at the second-hand clothing market in Accra.) Her U.S.-based foundation has (Opens in a new tab)worked in Ghana since 2009(Opens in a new tab) and aims to challenge consumer behavior by educating people on the fashion industry.
Something a lot of people don't know is that, when you clean out your closet and donate or sell your clothes to places like Plato's Closet or Buffalo Exchange, it's likely your clothes end up being sent abroad(Opens in a new tab). And once they get there, they may not even be sold. Thrift stores typically only resell about 20 percent of donated garments, according(Opens in a new tab) to the Council for Textile Recycling. The rest will likely end up in a landfill(Opens in a new tab).
Alden Wicker, a journalist who reports on sustainable fashion, found in 2016 that(Opens in a new tab) some organizations actually sell more than that, with Goodwill at about 30 percent and the Salvation Army at 45 to 75 percent sell-through rates. Wicker notes the discrepancy is likely because of Goodwill and the Salvation Army's larger size and more advanced infrastructure to process clothing, like sending donations to their outlet stores. The numbers also vary depending on where waste is being measured, but the bottom line is that a lot of clothing ends up trashed.