Sure, it’s easy to assume that spring cleaning starts with studying
up on the KonMari method and ends with dropping your discarded clothing off at
the closest donation box. But, not so fast, because there's another, lesser-known step in the recycling process: Where do your cast-offs go after you toss them? This is something many people rarely consider, but a new documentary offers a rare, sobering glimpse into the next phase of the clothing chain.
Not surprisingly, many of the workers don't understand why so many Westerners are getting rid of perfectly good clothing. The women offer up plenty of explanations, such as, "Everyone here says that the clothes come over because
there’s a water shortage in the West...Maybe the water is too expensive to wash them." Another reason: “Who knows, maybe they just don’t like washing their
clothes?” However, the final comment, made by a woman standing in the middle of piles of clothes bigger than her, rings truest. "They wear their clothes a couple of times, then throw them away," she says.