Liz Ricketts has seen where some of your donated used clothes end up.
The fashion designer and cofounder of the University of Cincinnati's Sustainable Fashion Initiative (a zero-waste effort within the university's fashion program) has spent years shuttling between the U.S. and Ghana since 2011. There, she's spent the bulk of her time in the Kantamanto Market, Ghana's largest secondhand clothing market, and possibly the biggest in West Africa, according to Rickett's nonprofit the OR Foundation, whose website will be up and running. Her U.S.-based foundation has worked in Ghana since 2009 and aims to challenge consumer behavior by educating people on the fashion industry.
Ricketts, an adjunct instructor in UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, spoke to Mashable about ethical clothing donation, including advice on which clothes to donate and which to repurpose, identifying the best organizations to donate to and how donate without creating more waste. Read the full story.