This Malaysian social enterprise sells second hand clothes and channels the proceeds to causes that create value.
RECYCLING or donating your unwanted clothes may not be the ultimate solution for our earth’s long list of environmental issues, but it certainly does play a part in helping.
Recyclothes, an online fashion boutique based in Malaysia, is taking the act of doing good a step further. It sells second hand women’s clothes and uses the money raised to give back to society.
According to co-founder Rebekah Yeoh, most people give their clothes away blindly, or rather, “dump” them with different charities just to make room in their wardrobes for new clothes.
What Recyclothes does is act as an intermediate by filtering those clothes – washing them, exercising quality control and selling the ones that are marketable. The money is then channelled to causes that create value.
“From collecting the clothes to disseminating proceeds raised, we exercise delicate care in curating the second hand clothes to be sold. We are also selling them at very affordable prices,” she points out.
One of the beneficiaries so far is Dignity For Children, a foundation based in Sentul that works towards providing underprivileged children long term quality education and care in a secure environment.
In this case, the money raised by Recyclothes is “recycled” into buying brand new uniforms for ill-financed kids whose families cannot afford to pay for uniform replacements.
“We believe every small action does make a difference and there are countless ways we call challenge ourselves to make conscious choices, leading to more ethical and responsible fashion choices,” states Rebekah’s sister, Ruth.
Rebekah and Ruth, together with their friends Melissa Yang and Yi Ping Teo, are not only the founders of Recyclothes, they also form the backbone of the day-today operations team.
“We run the operations – washing, inspection, fine-tuning, logistics, packaging and delivery. Our team also runs events, markets the clothes ourselves and offers new items on the website as frequently as we can,” explains Rebekah.
Moving forward, Recyclothes aims to make it possible for both donors and customers to pick specific beneficiaries. This will then allow them to support causes they hold close to their hearts.
“There are also plans to expand our range to include men, children, shoes, accessories and even home ware. We have had good feedback from the public. Our customers believe in what we are doing as responsible citizens,” adds Ruth.
Those who are interested to donate second hand clothes can contact Recyclothes via Facebook (recyclothesgroup) or through email. For more information, visit recyclothesgroup.com.
Recyclothes is a not-for-profit entity with a mission, to raise awareness on sustainable fashion and funding good causes.
The founders (L-R: Ruth, Yang, Yi and Rebekah) believe in promoting the idea of ‘fashion with a conscience’.