Here’s the deal. I’ll offer you a present but you can only use 10-20% of it.
Even better. I’ll offer you a present but you’ll have to pay to get rid of it.
Not really nice,right?
Well that’s what happens when a charity receives a charity bag.
Close to 75% of the items never make it to the shop. And in many cases, where the benefitting charity doesn’t have a shop, that number is close to 100% because they sell the clothes to other companies.
That also means they have 0 control over what happens to the donated clothes. In many cases the item is shipped in poorer countries where the damages to local economies outstrip the benefits of the inception of foreign production.
Sometimes you’d have done quicker by dropping to your local skip because that’s where some of them ultimately land. And to make things more of a worry, some donated clothes even end up in landfill or incinerated. Now you must be asking yourself what can be done to reduce the unwanted impact of donated pieces of clothing while maximising the outcome for charities, humans and the planete.
# First things, first.
Don’t donate something to a charity if you know no one would by it. Just don’t. It only creates a burden for charities. And that includes them having to pay more fees to councils to destroy your donation. We calculate that, on average, the value of your donation goes up by almost 40% if you sell the item yourself and donate the proceeds to the charity. That is after platform fees and shipping cost. And that is the very reason behind Nucha.
If you can’t help but chuck it in the charity bag because you don’t have time to sell and donate, pick a charity that has actual shops (physical or online shops) where the item will be sold. Charity shops are very important to communities and to the causes themselves. They are a source of income for some, an occasion the gain experience for others. They are also the most compelling way for many to dress at a lower cost.
# And, last…but not least…
Some of us have pretty good designing and crafting skills. So why not try upcycling. With a bit of creativity, you’d be surprised to see that those jeans still have a lot of fight in them. Stuff yourself with some youtube videos on how to make that leather jacket or skirt shine bright like a star and keep it with you a little more. It’s good for your mental health. Good for your pocket and your creativity. And it is also good for the planet.
Next time you are all pumped after filling your charity bag, think about how you can make it more fruitful for the cause you want to support.