Recycle and Raise Money is a new Hastings-based, clothes-reuse enterprise hoping to help local charities and schools raise funds.

“Clothing has become disposable. As a result, we generate more and more textile waste. A family in the western world throws away an average of 30kg of clothing each year. Only 15% is recycled or donated,” says its founder, Paul Osmond. A former landscape gardener, proprietor of the Tubman pub and director of HIP, Osmond currently pays 65p per kilo for undamaged clothes.

Organisations, or individuals, simply collect the clothing then contact Recycle and Raise Money who will arrange a collection and pay by cheque or BACs. To assist voluntary groups, charities and schools the firm provides a fundraising pack, including posters to promote donation events and sacks for the clothes.

Although a commercial undertaking rather than a charity, the company aims to promote the environmental benefits of avoiding waste, at a time when many tonnes of discarded fast fashion ends up incinerated or in landfill. During the pandemic Osmond believes his scheme provides
a way for cash-strapped organisations to raise money and remain socially distanced.

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