SWEDOW: Why are we so obsessed with giving away our old stuff?

I’ve always wondered about our obsession with sending old clothes overseas. No matter how many times the idea is debunked by experts and people who rant a lot, the idea … more Blood & Milk…


A meditation on used bras

In 1994 I was at a conference in Philadelphia. Since it was the 90s, I was planning to wear a pastel-floral jacket and a matching ivory skirt for the conference. … more Blood & Milk…


Say No to Old Clothes

Some of you may have heard of a new campaign called One Million Shirts. They want to collect 1,000,000 used and new t-shirts and send them to Africa to help … more Blood & Milk…


Three bad ideas for helping Haiti

In the rush to engage on Haiti, a lot of well-meaning groups are jumping in to help. Some are brand new, and some have never worked on a disaster like … more Blood & Milk…


Me, in other locations

I’m writing less often for Blood & Milk because I am writing in other places now. Some recent stuff that might interest you: The Lancet is Off-Base About Aid Agencies - … more Blood & Milk…


Things I don’t believe in #10 – Donating stuff instead of money

Give money. Don’t send food, bottled water, clothing or useful-seeming stuff. Give money. Your old stuff costs money to ship. It is almost always cheaper to just buy it in … more Blood & Milk…