How We Collect Textile Recycling Aims To Address Poverty In South Africa
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How We Collect Textile Recycling Aims To Address Poverty In South Africa

How We Collect Textile Recycling Aims To Address Poverty In South Africa. We-Collect Textile Recycling is a new, innovative concept designed to address poverty in South Africa through its entrepreneurial-driven initiatives.

This is an exciting concept that aims to partner with organisations to reduce textile waste and empower local and rural communities. The company provides a winning business model that empowers people, organisations and brings positive and dramatic change every step of the way, with everyone it partners with. It is an initiative that gives back to children with life-threatening illnesses, whilst providing positive change and hope, one smile at a time. We-Collect aims to address all these challenges, for long-term positive change in South Africa.

Almost all textiles are 100% recyclable, through its campaigns partnered with organisations the company can help avoid textiles ending up in landfills. We-Collect has been established to help address waste in South Africa through recycling large volumes of textiles that would otherwise end up in landfills. Most textiles which can be donated are of good quality, and can have a second chance in its local and rural communities. These provide impoverished communities with affordable clothing and textiles for re-sale in the second hand market. Textiles which cannot be used for re-sale due to inferior quality can be further recycled and used in the industrial sector for the stuffing of soft toys, pillows or even for rags.

The company’s attractive collection of bins and bags are an easy means of driving donations through an organisation for lasting change. The company pays an organisation for every kilogram that is collected, it also pays its NGO partner Reach For A Dream Foundation on every Kilogram that is collected. The company takes the hassle out of recycling by taking care of every step of the recycling and sorting process. It takes care of the admin and paperwork, the drop off of the bins and bags as well as the collection and weighing of these textiles. This makes it hassle-free for organisations as its bins and bags are uniquely numbered and are trackable.

Each person donates their unwanted clothing, bags, hats, belts, toys and linens etc. The company takes care of the recycling & sorting process at its recycling centre. The company sells these garments on to people it partners with, incentivising locals to re-sell and to empower their own lives through good quality textiles.

By Thomas Chiothamisi
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