Jul 20, 2020
S4 Ep19 LIZ RICKETTS: co-founder of the OR Foundation - on a multi-year research project in Accra, Ghana at Kantamanto Market, on the global second-hand clothing trade, and the concepts of colonialism and waste management.
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Pre-Loved Podcast: Liz Ricketts
Today I’m speaking with Liz Ricketts, co-founder of the OR Foundation. Liz comes from a background in the fashion industry, working as a consultant for several fair trade and eco-fashion startups, working in vintage boutiques, and producing sustainable fashion shows. But she was moved to develop her unique path in the fashion industry when she witnessed the undervaluation of designers and their creations at the highest levels of the industry.
She saw all around her that the dominant consumer relationship with fashion is one of excess and exploitation, and wanted to manifest alternatives.
Through her work with The OR Foundation Liz has traced that undervaluation through to the secondhand clothing trade, specifically in Accra, Ghana where The OR Foundation has concentrated an intensive multi-year research effort into Kantamanto Market, one of the largest
secondhand clothing markets in the world.
Through this research project called Dead White Man’s Clothes, Liz and her collaborators have expanded perspectives across borders and beyond single stories to show the deep complexities of a global trade in secondhand clothes that serves as both an unsung tool of global waste management and the future of sustainable fashion.
On today’s show, we really dive into Kantamanto, and the industry in Accra, “global recycling,” the concept of waste management, colonialism, agency, equity, and more. And be sure to tune in next week, because we will hear more perspectives and voices from Kantamanto, and you don’t want to miss it!
Let’s dive right in!
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