Due to the low cost, countless Dominicans looking for economy tend to buy and sell sets of clothes.
Shops selling second-hand clothes are common in different locations in the Dominican Republic. This business is mostly informal and is common in markets, marquees, and even in the living rooms of different families.
Although Buying and selling second-hand clothes is highly stigmatized, but there are several benefits This is worth considering.
Help the environment
The textile industry is a large user of water. The dyeing and finishing process for all garments uses large amounts of fresh water.
For example, it takes 7,500 liters of water to produce a pair of jeans. This is equivalent to the amount of liquid consumed by the average person in 10 years.
In this sense, one of the advantages of used bale cloth is that its use can extend the life of the bale cloth, thereby preventing these pieces of cloth from ending up in landfills or oceans, thus helping to save valuable liquid, thus protecting the environment.
Easier access to designer clothing
The price of designer clothing is out of reach for most people, so the sale of used clothing makes these brands more accessible to those who cannot afford to buy them at regular prices.
Although the low price is attractive and ultimately a viable option, there are certain risks that may harm the health of those who use these garments.
These large bags are imported from abroad, so they do not know the origin of each piece of clothing, so the purchaser of such clothing does not know whether its first owner had an infectious disease. Second-hand clothes like Rozón have always been the subject of controversy.
In the Dominican Republic, Law No. 458-73 of 1973, Ban on the import of used clothes “discarded from clinics, hospitals and nursing homes or of unknown origin”.
In this sense, some say that second-hand clothes carry different microorganisms that are harmful to health and can breed insects and parasites such as lice and mites, which can cause dermatitis, ringworm or scabies.
However, in 2012 the Minister of Public Health reiterated that importing bundles of clothing did not cause any health problems in the Dominican Republic.
Advice when buying bundled clothes
For these reasons, there are many people who stigmatize and advise against purchasing such clothing. However, buying and selling used clothes is a common practice among Dominicans, as countless families rely on this type of business. Therefore, it is best for you to know how to handle this kind of clothing when you buy it.
- Shirts, shirts and pants, dresses, skirts, and other garments should be washed with plenty of soap and hot water and then dried in the sun before use.
- Shoes and coats must be placed in closed plastic covers for three days to eliminate lice and mites.
If you have any skin problems, you should see a specialist for appropriate treatment.