Do you know that yearly, over 1 million tonnes of textiles — a majority coming from households — are thrown away in India? So, as you start prepping for the festive season forward and take a deep dive into clearing up your wardrobe to make approach for brand spanking new garments, maybe it’s time to go for a sustainable strategy this 12 months. And, we’re right here to assist. Featured beneath are organisations throughout the nation that settle for material and attire donations, and upcycle them to create the whole lot from toys and pet beds to paper weights and jewelry.
Garments Field Basis, Gurgaon
This 12 months, the organisation is not only working a number of assortment programmes with manufacturers akin to American Eagle, however there’s deal with promoting their upcycled merchandise too. Barring innerwear, they settle for used wearables from laymen and industrial surplus material from the textile trade. “It may be any materials, and we settle for all sizes,” says Sajan Veerr Abrol, founder and managing trustee. As soon as the garments attain them, they’re sorted into the ‘match to be distributed’ and ‘to be recycled’ classes. “The ratio is roughly 70:30. Those in good situation are donated among the many underprivileged, whereas the worn and torn ones are directed into our in-house recycling facility, Refresh,” provides Sajan. The organisation employs marginalised girls to recycle these discarded garments into blankets, baggage, pet beds, cushions, potlis, laptop computer baggage, and so on., and trains them in industrial stitching too.
Assortment particulars: For drop offs at their Gurugram centre (Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm), WhatsApp 7838371356. Residence pickup by a third-party vendor is out there throughout India on clothesboxfoundation.org/pickup
Wasted, Chennai and Bengaluru
All types of material waste together with garments which are now not helpful, tailoring scraps, torn or stained garments, bedsheets, curtains and so on. are accepted right here. “We even settle for socks and undergarments in any situation provided that they’re packed individually from different materials,” says founder Ann Anra, including, “We all the time encourage folks to donate garments in their very own circles or to the needy. If they’re unable to take action, they’re welcome to drop it off with us.”
With various assortment drives deliberate for the festive season, Wasted additionally has a major drop off centre in T Nagar and branches in Palavakkam, Kotturpuram, and Kottivakkam. Relying on the situation and sort of clothes, they’re both donated (to NGOs like Karunai Ullangal and Arpanam Belief), bought for a nominal value to communities that can’t afford to purchase garments and bought at lowered costs to people who find themselves eco-conscious. Torn and stained materials are despatched for recycling/downcycling.
”Some materials are donated to native companies that rework them into gadgets of utility, and different unsalvageable materials get despatched to casual/formal waste aggregators, and downcycled to mop heads, door mats, and stuffing for pillows/mattresses,” says Ann, including that as a coverage, the crew doesn’t resell child and youngsters garments. “We additionally assist girls generate revenue by giving them inventory without spending a dime that they will promote inside their communities,” she concludes.
Assortment particulars: Name 9751755522 for Chennai, and 9376776795 for Bengaluru
Oh Scrap!, Chennai
Based by Priyanjoli Basu and Dominique Lopez, Oh Scrap! upcycles material scrap from garment exporters and tailoring models to craft the whole lot from wine bottle holders and buntings to hair equipment and toys. “We tackle material, house linen, saris, dupattas, and denim — they can be utilized, torn or stained. However we don’t settle for winter garments, innerwear, swimwear, socks, sneakers and baggage,” says Dominique.
As soon as handed over to the crew, the gadgets are both donated to a neighborhood NGO, recycled, upcycled or finally thrifted. “We segregate them primarily based on their situation, wash, after which redistribute to our companions for donation/recycling), or use for our personal suggest of thrifting, upcycling,” she says, including that two-thirds of their tailoring crew contains girls, and all tailors do business from home.
Assortment particulars: E mail [email protected] or name 8925519960
At MITU, unstitched merchandise akin to saris, dhotis, dupattas, and curtains are transformed to baggage with minimal wastage. “Numerous sorts of baggage starting from return reward/ tambula baggage to clutches and tote baggage are made by a crew of tailors, largely girls working at our workplace in addition to from their properties,” says founder Kala Charlu.
Assortment particulars: Donations could be dropped off at their workplace in Malleswaram. If the amount is massive sufficient, a pickup could be organised from donors inside a three-kilometre radius. Name 7847086668, 9740031720.
When Deepa Pradeep — who runs a Fb web page, Small, to retail her handcrafted house decor merchandise — was approached by shoppers to craft one thing out of material they didn’t wish to discard, her upcycling initiative was born. “We upcycle mattress sheets, saris, and denim, introduced by our shoppers or our tailor scrap/surplus material to craft curtains, procuring or sling baggage, cushion covers, desk runners, coasters, wall hangings, material jewelry, diaries, and extra,” says Deepa.
Assortment particulars: On account of house constraints Deepa doesn’t settle for bulk drop offs, however you may attain out to Small for personalised and customized upcycled merchandise. SMALL on Fb.
You’ll be able to donate something made of material — clothes, bedsheets, curtains — as lengthy it’s not torn or fully discoloured. “All materials is segregated, cleaned, processed after which upcycled as per requirement,” says founder Sujata Chatterjee, including that Twirl is an all-girls crew, with the whole course of carried out by girls from rural backgrounds. The ladies craft baggage, aprons, canine toys, material paper weights, cushions, desk organisers, amongst different equipment. “We additionally design customized merchandise for organisations and company gifting,” provides Sujata, who distributes 40% of their donations to rural communities within the metropolis’s far-flung villages and slums.
Assortment particulars: Residence pick-ups could be organised in Kolkata, and drop factors can be found in a number of places too. Donations are accepted from different cities too. For particulars, WhatsApp 9007428062.
Identified for his or her work with revolutionary supplies akin to tyre tubes, wooden, and glass, Rimagined additionally turns material waste into utility merchandise. Founder Shailaja Rangarajan says the organisation collects attire, cotton and artificial saris, surplus material from stitched clothes, bedsheets, cotton curtains, and denim.
“As soon as the material waste reaches us, it goes by a spherical of sorting. We assess the situation of the material, and whether it is too light or stained, we often can’t upcycle it so it will get routed to dry waste facilities. The material that we are able to use goes by an intensive spherical of wash after which will get upcycled,” she says, including that the merchandise made embody material rope baskets, trays, personalised quilts, baggage and pouches. If the crew receives garments in good situation, they donate them moderately than taking the upcycling route.
Assortment particulars: In case you are positioned in Bengaluru, you may ship your materials to their native centre. For different cities, you may route it to their principal middle in Kolkata. For particulars, name 9741977556