Clothes Line

Mike Wooldridge travels to Zambia to find out what happens to Britain's second hand clothes.

Most of the garments we donate to charity shops are never sold in this country - they are sold on to rag traders who export them by the tonne to Africa.

In Zambia, the trade is known as salaula - meaning to rummage through a pile - and salaula now clothes everyone, from members of parliament to Lusaka's street dwellers.

But many blame the trade for the collapse of Zambia's own clothing industry, while others say that by wearing western cast-offs, Zambians are losing pride in their appearance.

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Mike Wooldridge travels to Zambia to find out what happens to Britain's second hand clothes.

Most of the garments we donate to charity shops are never sold in this country - they are sold on to rag traders who export them by the tonne to Africa.

In Zambia, the trade is known as salaula - meaning to rummage through a pile - and salaula now clothes everyone, from members of parliament to Lusaka's street dwellers.

But many blame the trade for the collapse of Zambia's own clothing industry, while others say that by wearing western cast-offs, Zambians are losing pride in their appearance.