THE CLOTHING COLLECTIVE WELCOMES YOU
Donate old clothes, create new jobs
THE CLOTHING COLLECTIVE AT A GLANCE
A Bit of Background
Here at The Clothing Collective, we collect, sort and redistribute second-hand clothing to previously disadvantaged women, who on-sell this clothing at a profit - creating sustainable businesses for themselves.
We strive to encourage entrepreneurship, build productive relationships and create a positive impact throughout South Africa.
HOW IT WORKS
Making A Difference
Every year, consumers purchase billions of Rands worth of new clothing. Where is the old clothing going? It is sitting unused in our closets.
It is time to put this unutilised resource to work...
The Clothing Collective has established collection containers in convenient public areas.
These containers are longing for your old clothes! We take anything* from children's wear to adult wear as well as bedding and shoes.
*However, it is appreciated if the items donated are in a usable condition.
Once collected, all items are sorted into various grades of clothing. This is then made ready for redistribution.
DISTRIBUTION AND RESALE
Together with our parter, The Clothing Bank, we distribute this clothing to unemployed women in Johannesburg's townships. These women are given training, guidance and psychological upliftment in order to help them create sustainable clothing resale businesses for themselves.
These businesses not only increase the confidence and skills of our women, but also enhances the respect and dignity of those wearing good quality clothes - opening up various opportunities.
Help us change lives - put your old clothing to work!
WHERE CAN I DONATE?
We currently have six donation locations:
- Benmore Shopping Center (outside Sorbet)
- Bryanston Shopping Center (main entrance)
- Investec Bank (Sandton)
- Melrose Arch (outside Woolworths)
- Victory Park Center (outside Dischem)
- Worley Parsons (Melrose)
THE HIDDEN COST OF FASHION
Some key clothing facts
2,700 litres of water to produce a T-shirt
Second most polluting industry after oil
11.1 million tons of textiles in US landfills annually
£35.9 billion of unworn clothes in UK closets
Source: WWF, USA Today, Treehugger