Giving garments a second life.
Fast fashion is a serious issue that often gets overlooked. Billions of garments sit idle in wardrobes all over the world whilst other individuals struggle to afford even the most basic in human convenience. We partnered up with the international non-profit Soles4Souls to collect, export and distribute these garments to those who need them most.
Over the past few months, we’ve worked closely with Soles4Souls, a not-for profit social enterprise that aims to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Soles4Souls has one ultimate mission - to wear out poverty, by focusing on both short-term relief and long-term solutions. As Żibel, we have become their Maltese partners.
Through the collection of shoes across Malta, we’ll be able to distribute these to homeless shelters, international and disaster relief centres, and refugee centres, both in Malta and to third world countries. In 2020, we exported a full 40ft container, sponsored by the amazing people at VF Group, containing over 20,000 garments donated which were donated towards this project. These garments will be used in Soles4Soul's micro enterprise programme which help families get out of poverty by helping them set-up their own businesses.
To those in need.
Moving forward, any excess garments from our SWAP events or SwapShop website will be headed towards Soles4Souls.
Additionally we will be releasing schemes for schools and businesses to also collaborate with us for their CSR. This will be launched as soon as COVID restrictions ease up.
The Numbers don't lie.
From a waste perspective, the world buys 60% more clothes than 20 years ago, but only wears them for half the time. Inevitably these garments end up in landfills, releasing methane and carbon dioxide. With the amount of resources that go into making these clothes, it's paramount that their life is extended as much as possible. This project serves to give them a second life, to those who desperately need them.