This year NPP, next year NDC, Ghana revolves around cycles of incompetent presidents who continue to do nothing but serve the interest of Western corporations and countries in return for the minute bribe they receive in return.
In recent discoveries, Piles of discarded unwanted clothes have been washing up on the beaches of Ghana, creating an environmental catastrophe. New images that have emerged show beaches in the capital city of Accra strewn with a shocking amount of clothes from Western nations.
Around 15 million used garments arrive in Ghana every week from the UK, the rest of Europe, North America, and Australia. But an estimated 40% of these clothes end up in landfills. A landfill site, also known as a tip, dump, rubbish dump, garbage dump, or dumping ground, is a site for the disposal of waste materials.
Almost half of all clothes sent to the country from the West cannot be resold as a result of their poor condition, with novelty ‘one-off’ outfits thought to be a major contributor to pollution.
According to a report by environmental sustainability charity WRAP, around 70% of the UK’s discarded clothes from retail and charities are sent to countries like Ghana.
The unwanted clothes first end up in landfills and then travel all the way to the oceans.
The fast fashion trade deals arranged between the Ghanaians and the western government don’t only permit the polluting of our shores and villages, it also poses a health risk. Those who drink from these bodies of ocean downstream might not be drinking just water but chemicals.
The willingness of our governments not to attack the 2nd hand clothing industry is mind-blowing. Beyond the devastating effects and health hazards causes, it has been a disaster for business in the clothing sector of Ghana, resulting in people buying whatever they can at very cheap prices from the 2nd hand clothing market.
Rwanda banned second-hand clothes imports in 2018. The ban was aimed at boosting its textile industry. As a result, the US ended Rwandan duty-free export privileges. But the country has adapted remarkably well with a thriving clothing sector. Creating thousands of jobs for families in the nation.
In 2017, Accra Fashion Week launched a campaign to boycott 2nd hand clothing and begin the movement for embracing made-in-Ghana clothes with the hashtag #boycott2ndhand. The message was received very well and in that year the event hosted over 30 countries across Africa.
Despite that, the Ghanaian government made absolutely no effort to support the initiative. Despite the branding, most brands will wish to label themselves as, despite how many Ghanaian designers feature in V&A Museum, or Vogue magazine, Ghanaian fashion is not luxury fashion, it will never be, it will forever be a revolutionary movement that can and will only grow with a powerful message.
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