Cost of EU’s African clothes dump revealed

Cost of EU’s African clothes dump revealed

Second-hand textile exports from the bloc have tripled over the past 20 years, according to the European Environment Agency

The European Union is exporting about 90% of its used clothes and textile waste to Africa and Asia, a trend that is having a dire ecological impact, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned. The EEA has ranked textile waste as the fourth-highest source of environmental pressure and climate change resulting from EU consumption.

The EU generates approximately 5.8 million metric tons of textile waste per year, with only a quarter of this being recycled due to limited “reuse and recycling…