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Secondhand clothing on track to take 10% of global fashion sales | Retail industry

Secondhand clothing sales are on track to make up a tenth of the global fashion market next year, as the cost of living crisis and concerns over sustainability drives consumers towards “pre-loved” garments.

Global sales of pre-owned clothes surged by 18% last year to $197bn (£156bn) and are forecast to reach $350bn in 2028, according to a report by GlobalData for resale specialist ThredUp. The landmark is expected to be reached a year later than predicted, as global growth remains slightly behind previous estimates.

However, the US secondhand market grew seven times faster than overall fashion retail where sales were flat in 2023 from a year earlier.

A screenshot from Depop’s explore page. Photograph: Depop

James Reinhart, the co-founder and chief executive of ThredUp, said the resale sector had continued to grow in a tough market because it was “more resilient” when household budgets were squeezed by higher energy and food bills.

“When consumer sentiment is softer, value is key,” he said. “People are looking to shop secondhand to drive more value.”

He said that interest in secondhand items was not just limited to younger shoppers searching for fashionable finds but was starting to “span generations”.

The report found that more than half of all shoppers had bought something secondhand in the past year – although that rose to 65% of generation Z and millennials – those aged between 12 and 43. Almost two in five – 38% of consumers – said they shop secondhand to afford higher end brands.

For young people, the trend is being driven by the ease of digital secondhand shopping at sites such as Vinted and Depop, as well as ThredUp, with online resales expected to more than double in the next five years to reach $40bn.

Tens of thousands of garments stored on a

Meta and Google accused of restricting reproductive health information | Global development

Meta and Google are accused in a new report of obstructing information on abortion and reproductive healthcare across Africa, Latin America and Asia.

MSI Reproductive Choices (formerly Marie Stopes International) and the Center for Countering Digital Hate claim the platforms are restricting local abortion providers from advertising, but failing to tackle misinformation that undermines public access to reproductive healthcare.

Meta said it will review the report’s findings.

MSI, which provides contraception and abortion services in 37 countries, said its adverts containing information on sexual health, including cancer advice, had been rejected or deleted by the platform.

Phrases such as “pregnancy options” have been flagged as falling foul of Google community guidelines, MSI Ghana claims. MSI Vietnam said Facebook adverts promoting information about IUDs (intrauterine devices) and other contraceptive methods were removed.

Whitney Chinogwenya, MSI’s global marketing manager, said: “In Africa, Facebook is the go-to place for reproductive health information for many women. We have been scaling our digital operation to meet the demand but we’re struggling to get reliable information in front of the women who need it.

“We deal with everything from menopause to menstruation but we find that all our content is censored.”

She said Meta viewed reproductive health content through “an American lens”, applying socially conservative US values to posts published in countries with progressive policies such as South Africa, where abortion on request is legal in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

MSI Mexico said its Facebook posts advertising legal abortion services have been deleted by the platform. Abortion was decriminalised in September and is available on request in Mexico City and 11 other states.

Chinogwenya said Meta is not doing enough to combat anti-abortion misinformation, accepting adverts from organisations that claim medical abortions lead to “fatal vaginal bleeding” or that upload gestational images of advanced

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on Global Increase in Measles and Risk to Canada


February 23, 2024 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

Global health authorities are reporting a significant increase in measles in 2023 that continues into 2024, due in part to a decline in measles vaccinations during the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a 79% increase in the number of global measles cases in 2023 compared to 2022. While cases can occur anywhere in the world, there has been a notable recent increase in the WHO European region.

As we head into the spring break travel season, I am concerned that the global surge in measles activity, combined with the decline in measles vaccine coverage among school-aged children in Canada, could lead to an increase in imported measles cases, potentially resulting in transmission in communities in Canada. I strongly advise everyone in Canada to be vaccinated with two doses of a measles vaccine, especially before travelling. If needed, measles vaccination should optimally be given at least two weeks before departure, but there are still benefits if given less than two weeks before travelling.

Although measles has been eliminated in Canada, cases can still occur here when an individual who is not fully vaccinated has travelled to or from a country where measles is circulating. Imported cases can lead to subsequent spread of measles in Canada among unvaccinated or under-vaccinated people. As of February 23, 2024, we are aware of six measles cases in Canada, some of whom have required hospitalization. Most of these

WHO seeks applications from experts for global Technical Advisory Group on Behavioural Sciences

The Behavioural Insights Unit in the Healthier Populations Division has launched a Call for Experts for the global WHO Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Behavioural Sciences for Better Health for July 2024 – June 2026; deadline 21st April 2024. WHO’s work on behavioural sciences is summarized in this short video. Since July 2020 WHO has been receiving expert advice in this area by a technical advisory group with 21 experts from 16 countries and and the activities of the current TAG over the last four years are summarized here. 

The Technical Advisory Group, 2024-2026, will provide independent advice to WHO on how to apply the behavioural sciences to public health, how best to apply behavioural science approaches within WHO and in response to Member States’ requests, advise WHO on the implementation of the resolution WHA 76.7 Behavioural Sciences for Better Health, and make recommendations to WHO for the adoption of operational frameworks for the mainstreaming of behavioural sciences into WHO operations. 

This TAG on behavioural sciences is composed of renowned experts representing a broad range of disciplines relevant to behavioural insights and sciences, including psychology, behavioural economics, anthropology, sociology and more. The group will brings together extensive experience in designing, implementing and applying research on health-behaviours; translating the latest evidence, approaches and methods from the behavioural sciences into advice for health policies and programmes; guiding WHO on the quality and ethics of behavioural data and evidence; and evaluating the impact of behaviourally-informed interventions – all across the diversity of global contexts. 

The new members on the TAG will build on the work of the current TAG membership who were recruited from an open call for experts in 2020. Over the last four years the TAG have contributed to publications for WHO (such as behavioural considerations for the acceptance and uptake

Global fashion brands say to raise purchase prices for Bangladesh-made clothes

NEW DELHI, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Global fashion retailers including H&M (HMb.ST) and Gap (GPS.N) are committed to raising purchase prices for Bangladesh-made clothing to help factories there offset higher workers’ wages, a U.S.-based association representing more than 1,000 brands said.

Bangladesh is the world’s biggest garments exporter after China. This week, after deadly protests between police and factory workers, the government mandated an almost 60% raise to the minimum monthly wage to 12,500 taka ($113) from December, the first increase in five years.

Factory owners had said the wage hike, which comes ahead of a January general election, would eat into their profit margins by increasing costs 5-6%. Labour accounts for 10-13% of total manufacturing costs, industry estimates show.

Asked if they would raise purchase prices by the 5-6% that costs will rise, Stephen Lamar, chief executive of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), told Reuters: “Absolutely”.

“As we and our members have reiterated several times now, we are committed to responsible purchasing practices to support the wage increases,” Lamar said in an email.

Employees work between polythene sheets, as a safety measure to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at The Civil Engineering Limited garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain/File photo Acquire Licensing Rights

“We also renew our pleas for the adoption of an annual minimum wage review mechanism so that Bangladeshi workers are not disadvantaged by changing macroeconomic conditions.”

Low wages have helped Bangladesh build its garment industry, which employs about 4 million people. Readymade garments are a mainstay of the economy, accounting for almost 16% of GDP.

Even after the increase in minimum wage, which some workers said was too little, Bangladesh lags other regional garment manufacturing hubs such as Vietnam, where the average monthly wage is $275, and

Key Factors Influencing the Global Fashion Luxury Cashmere Clothing Market – Exploring Product Types, Application Types, Sales Channels, Major Regions, and Key Players – Loro Piana, Brunello Cucinelli

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Used Clothes Pollute Global South

Market traders at Gikomba Market in Nairobi sell their wares. The second-hand clothing market directly employs roughly two million people in Kenya. (Photo: Courtesy of Changing Markets Foundation and Clean Up Kenya)

In wealthy countries, cheap “fast fashion” clothing is often thrown away after being worn just seven or eight times. And while donating those clothes may feel like a good deed, they often end up as waste that pollutes developing countries. Veena Holkar, director of Wildlight Global, spoke with Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb.

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