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You can buy second hand designer clothes to support Sisu Charitable Trust

Thursday 19 January

We are delighted to let you now about our Charity Partner - The Sisu Charitable Trust is a unique not-for-profit organisation that is passionate about creating funding for philanthropic aid and development. The Trusts particular focus is on women and children's programs, including a special commitment to anti-human and sex trafficking centered around intervention, rescue, and rehabilitation of victims, and other programs promoting peoples’ empowerment. The Trust operates with a strong sense of compassion and justice for the betterment and respect of human life.

You can buy second hand designer clothes for their cause here:

http://clothesagency.com/charity/The-Sisu-Charitable-Trust-273/

 


 

Unworn clothes in wardrobes

Sunday 24 July

 

The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes – but around 30% of these clothes have not been worn for over a year, most commonly because it no longer fits. So here at Fashion for Change we are looking to focus on removing the barriers to quality clothing donations such as: 

 

My exquisite designer clothes will be sold cheap if I donate them to charity and therefore their value wasted

We will increase quality donations by recognising their value through our knowledge of fashion trends and brands. A stylish example for you -

A designer suit in a typical charity shop is likely to be sold for £20, of which as little as £4 (20%) is retained by the charity (as outlined by the Charity Retail Association). In contrast, sell the same suit on Fashion for Change for £100 (its true worth second-hand), and you charity will collect the full £100 to support your good work.

 

What’s more we can increase the demand for charity clothing and reduce individual charity costs. The Charity Retail Association claims that in order to set up a charity shop you will need a start-up capital of £5,000-£50,000, to cover the rental deposit, shop fitting, essential building repairs and staff recruitment (note

that the average refit costs £10,000-£20,000). They also state that 60-80% of a charity shop’s income goes on rent, wages (minimum of a dedicated shop manager) and other overheads. In using our site a charity can reduce its costs, increase the amount of funds– its intended purpose. Our website can increase the turnover of charity stock by increasing sales and demand through its ever growing range of clothing and global audience.

 

“The charity I support don’t have a shop I can drop them off at”

 We enable clothes donations to be made to any registered charity or project. Simply complete a donation request online with us.

 

“I am not sure where the money will go”

We provide real time visibility in terms of how much has been raised as well as the ability to select a project within a charity (where available) with feedback of results.

 


 

Is our love of fashion sustainable?

Monday 2 November

 

There appears to be a growing awareness of the impact that the fashion industry has on our environment and it is unsustainable. An interesting documentary has just been released called 'The True Cost', which reveals the impacts of fashion consumption - fashion is the words second biggest polluting industry, second only to oil. What’s more we now have ‘Fashion Revolution Day’ on the 24th April each year to bring people together from throughout the world to challenge the current industry wide system and “demand that fashion becomes a force for good”. Whilst celebrities are also joining the revolution through 'The Green Carpet Challenge (GCC)' initiated by Livia Firth, the objective being to raise the profile of sustainable style.

Over the next few years I think we will see a growing number of social entrepreneurs solving many of the issues involved with the fashion industry. The Kering Group that owns many of the large luxury fashion brands are now taking sustainability to the heart of their agenda and pulling together the industry leaders to engage change. They have recently created an Environmental profit and Loss (E P&L) that makes the invisible impacts of business visible, quantifiable and comparable. Fashion for Change can help the luxury brands to find a sustainable way for fashion lovers to follow a brand’s latest collections by providing an effective luxury recycling service to their customers.

Through Fashion for Change we can address the need for a far greater range of quality second hand clothes for buyers, with ease of purchase and prompt delivery. We can only do this if charities and service providers come together under a combined sales platform. Charities have pressure to reduce their costs and increase demand for their products; we can help them do that. Plus by donating online we can efficiently engage the donor and provide them with a level of transparency that would be too costly in the previous donation model.

The UK Giving Survey 2014 found that the main barrier to donating was not knowing how the money was being used: 70% responded by saying “If I knew how money was directly helping, I would feel more inclined to give to charity”.