Trading Standards donates counterfeit clothes to charity

Credit: Credit: Trading Standards Service

Around 5000 seized items of counterfeit clothes have been donated to the charity Planet Zero by Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service.

Planet Zero collects unwanted clothes to fund good causes in Ghana.

The mainly counterfeit goods, which include track suits, t-shirts, sweatshirts and trainers, are the result of seizures by trading standards officers across the area.

Every year thousands of products that breach trading standards legislation are seized.

Many bear logos or designs, like Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren, that infringe trademarks legislation.

Often these counterfeit products are distributed by organised criminal gangs with the proceeds used to support wider criminality.

The seizures not only remove the items from the market but disrupt the activities of these gangs.

By donating these clothes to charity they can be re-used after they have been rebranded. This helps those in need and reduces the volume of waste being sent to landfill.