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If a Muslim wears a Jack Daniels T-shirt in a forest... - Jason Lindquist
Idle ramblings of an idle mind
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If a Muslim wears a Jack Daniels T-shirt in a forest...
...does Allah notice?

I always assumed that used clothing donated to charity either wound up being sold in thrift stores, given away to the poor, or if it's unsuitable for either of those, thrown away. It turns out, a lot of it gets sent to Africa. Even the Salvation Army will sell clothing donations, unopened, to exporters who sell it overseas. Even marked-up, it's cheaper than new clothing produced for cheap domestic African wages. In some places, like Zambia, the entire domestic garment industry has gone extinct.
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chuck_lw From: chuck_lw Date: November 7th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
The link doesn't seem to be working at the moment, but I saw a news report on that a while back (forgot which network). It's a thriving business, but kind of bizarre, too. There are open-air shops selling T-shirt for things like 10K charity runs or Division III college sports teams (or whatever you can make a T-shirt for). Although I didn't hear anything about the local garment industries going out of business -- they didn't cover that.
From: walkerj Date: November 11th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got a mess of stuff that I want to go on somebody's back cheap (preferably here), and I'm going to have to do research. Some stuff, apparently, gets treated as simple recycle over here or there -- not as creepy in context as the commercial logos on the occasional news image.

takeccare,

John
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