Céire Kealty is a doctoral student in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, studying Christian ethics and spirituality. She writes about the global garment industry, workers' rights, and clothing in religious and "secular" spaces.

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Our clothing donations may cause more harm than good

Many Christians consider the call to "clothe the naked" a good reason to donate unwanted clothing. But only about 20% of donated clothes is sold. The rest is discarded or sent abroad, where it may create environmental problems or undermine local businesses.