Our love of fast fashion has far reaching consequences. Find out what happens to the clothes we throw away through the eyes of Laddoo. Laddoo will buy or barter for your castaway clothes, giving them a new lease of life. He is what stands between fast fashion and these excesses ending up in the landfill. And see why North Chennai is an integral part of the second hand clothes market. These neighbourhoods might seem miles away from what you are used to. So come today and take a closer look at those people who live and work here. Their lives make for sweet and spicy tales.
Afroz Khan, Researcher - Urban Governance
Our blog on waste workers was published in the Citizen Matters. The blog follows Laddoo, a waste worker, who collects old clothes for recycling. Waste workers, like Laddoo, form the backbone of our save-from-the-landfill efforts.
A cycle and a loudspeaker accompany Ladoo as he makes his way around Chennai’s neighborhoods, gathering old clothes. He turns off his loudspeaker around certain homes. ‘They don’t like the noise’, he explains to me, as I stop him for a chat. Laddo has been in this business for twenty five years now. ‘In all this time, people have not changed’, he tells me philosophically. ‘Only my cycle and loudspeaker have’.
"பிளாஸ்டிக் சாமான், பழைய துணி வாங்குறது…."_ கணீர் கணீர் என்று சின்ன ஒலிபெருக்கியில் கேட்கிறது லட்டுவின் காரமான குரல், சிலர் வீட்டிற்கு அருகில் சென்றால் ஒலிபெருக்கியை ஆஃப் செய்துவிடுவார்; சத்தம் போட்டால் அவர்களுக்குப் பிடிக்காதாம். வடசென்னையின் வீதிகளில் இருபத்தைந்து ஆண்டுகளாக அவரும், அவரது சைக்கிளும், சுழன்று கொண்டிருக்கிறது. ‘மக்கள் அப்படியே தான் இருக்கிறார்கள். எனது சைக்கிள் மற்றும் ஒலிபெருக்கி மட்டும் தான் மாறியுள்ளது’ என்கிறார் லட்டு.
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