Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wal-mart destroys and trashes unsold goods while people in Haiti struggle for much needed items

I was really disturbed when I heard about H and M and Wal-Mart destroying unsold goods and throwing them away in trash bags lining the alley.

Apparently, instead of taking the unsold items to sample sales or donating those to people in need, H and M and Wal-Mart have been throwing them out in giant trash bags.

And to make sure that someone will try to keep or re-sell the items, these companies have gone ahead and cut off the sleeves of coats, slashed up garments, and sliced holes in shoes so they are not able to be worn.

Needless to say H and M made a statement promising to stop destroying the garments at the midtown Manhattan location where the atrocity was found. The company mentioned that they will donate the items to charity. Wal-Mart on the other hand acted surprised that these items were found and claimed that they typically donated all unworn merchandise to charity.

This news especially popping up around times like this when we’re in a recession, the unemployment rate is still high (not as high as it was but still) and natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti just happened. It’s really disgusting to just waste clothes like that when there are so many people who need them more than Wal-mart needs to cut corners to make a profit.

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