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BBC News - Where do your old clothes go?
"Every year, thousands of us across the UK donate our used clothing to charity - many in the belief that it will be given to those in need or sold in High Street charity shops to raise funds. But a new book has revealed that most of what we hand over actually ends up getting shipped abroad - part of a £2.8bn ($4.3bn) second-hand garment trade that spans the globe. We investigate the journey of our cast-offs and begin to follow one set of garments from donation to their eventual destination."
clothing  secondhand  charities  markets  global  international  2015  charity 
february 2015 by robertogreco
pass the baton tokyo vintage shop
"pass the baton - this vintage shop promotes a new idea of recycling : pass on things that you truly love. the idea is that if an object is used and not needed anymore, people can pass it along without making new goods

(and potential waste). so that each new owner can create their own new memories. 'pass the baton' is a new personal culture marketplace in japan, a country where the idea of buying used items is not really appreciated. this could change quickly, the bricks-and-mortar flagship store in the center of tokyo offers buyers and sellers a fashionable forum for exchange. as a member of the 'pass the baton' initiative, people can sell as simply as one would at a flea market, but with the added dimension of optioning proceeds to charity. 50% of the proceedings are distributed to the seller. the seller will then contribute a part or all of proceeds to one of several social action groups through the non-profit organization charity platform (NPO)."
reuse  used  nonproduct  charity  vintage  retail  tokyo  glvo  japan  secondhand  beausage  resa;e  readymade  lcproject  unproduct 
november 2010 by robertogreco
HobbyPrincess blog: TEDx Helsinki: Good night washing machine. Good bye trash.
"Say no to meaningless bad quality. Buy things from second hand or buy things that last. Imagine ownership as something that passes from one person to other. Ask all brands to launch their own vintage shops.

It’s time to say goodbye. Goodbye to buying stuff you don’t need. Goodbye toys that break when you get them out of the box. Goodbye cheap cotton clothes. Goodbye fast cycle fashion and interior trends. Goodbye wasteful lifestyles that make us feel so bad. End of story."
ulla-maariaengeström  simplicity  quality  sustainability  slow  glvo  meaning  secondhand  objects 
february 2010 by robertogreco
click opera - From the most-consumerist will come the post-consumerist!
"Japan is a great place for a tourist to indulge in visions of alternative societies. Not only is Japan actually different in many ways from the society the tourist was brought up in, but his simple incompetence, incomprehension and sheer delirium, as he walks around Japan, will create all sorts of fertile semantic gaps which -- if no-one is on hand to explain them -- he'll fill using his imagination. His expectation of difference will make him create it. Yesterday I was queuing for bread at a bakery on the busy plaza that leads up to Ebisu station. Perhaps the fact that it felt more like an airport than a bakery led to the vision that followed. Gazing at a sign showing the prices of different types of bread, I saw two prices. It was probably just two sizes of bread, but for a second I thought it said "WE SELL" for one price and "WE BUY" for another. I imagined, in other words, that this was a bread exchange."
japan  economics  reuse  secondhand  language  imagination  differences  society  culture  postconsumerism  consumerism  perception  perceiveddifference  momus 
december 2009 by robertogreco

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