Bank on these women to turn trash into cash for others


Bank on these women to turn trash into cash for others

Thousands of women are making a living off clothing waste retailers don’t have the resources to process

Sanet Oberholzer

Sustainable fashion and clothing waste are hot topics. Surplus merchandise often ends up in landfills and many brands have been called out for burning merchandise that didn’t sell.

“Fast-fashion retailers produce millions of tons of surplus clothing globally each year,” says Tracey Gilmore, co-founder of The Clothing Bank. “This is merchandise that has been returned by customers or hasn’t sold in a season. They haven’t got the resources or systems to process this waste efficiently. The surplus clothing is typically sold, donated to worthy cause and, at times, in some countries, directed to landfills.”

Founded in 2010 by Gilmore and Tracey Chambers, The Clothing Bank is an incredible story of how, over the past 10 years, the organisation has used fashion waste to provide more than 3,000 women in SA the opportunity to achieve financial independence by reselling clothes...

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