Decluttering your wardrobe? This is where you can donate your pre-loved clothes to the underprivileged in Singapore
In the age of fast fashion and online shopping, it's easy to find your wardrobe overwhelmed clothes that you don't wear any longer. Or perhaps, you've decided to pull a Marie Kondo and lead a minimalist life. Our fundamental rules to decluttering? If it doesn't bring you joy, or you haven't worn it in the past year, get rid of it. Tossing it out into the landfills so it takes forever to decompose is not an option especially since your clothes can do so much more if you donate it to the right organisations.
Practice upcycling and paying it forward by donating clothes (also toys, books, bedsheets... and anything and everything in good condition in your household) to the underprivileged in Singapore. From the right outfit for an important job interview, clothing for newborns of teenage mums, to shelter for domestic violence victims, donated items — or proceeds from their sale — is chump change to some but the world to those who need it.
Here are the five places you can donate your pre-loves.
1. DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Dress for Success Singapore is an affiliate of an international non-profit organisation of the same name, and is an agency that helps individuals prepare for a job. Only clients who are referred by charities, non-profit organisations and employment agencies are provided with assistance. Before the job interview, those in need will be professional styled for a suitable outfit; upon gaining employment, continued support is given with more suitable work attire. Note: Due to overwhelming response, the organisation is currently only accepting plus-sized clothing.
A teenage pregnancy crisis service that reaches out to pregnant teens in need of support, Babes helps girls from low income families who often face difficulties in paying for their medical expenses and baby necessities. If you're running out of space in your kids' cupboards, donate baby clothes (zero to two years), breast pumps, baby cots, milk bottles, baby bath tubs, and prams to Babes.
Run by the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations (SCWO), the thrift shop New2U stocks clothes. They don't discriminate — they take everything from vintage party frocks to formal blazers and designer pieces. Proceeds go towards the Star Shelter, a temporary refuge for women and their children who are victims of violence, and other SCWO initiatives. Accepting a wide range of men, women, and children's clothing, you can also donate black retail hangers and clothes rack to help with day-to-day operations.
Providing free textile recycling services to households and organisations in Singapore, and promoting awareness of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) through engaging youths in schools, Greensquare aims to double the percentage of recycled textiles in Singapore from 7% to 14% by 2020. Clean clothes, shoes and household linen (bedsheets, quilts, curtains, etc) are sorted, then good quality items are sold to secondhand textile importers in developing countries. Worn and damaged textiles are recycled and sold as industrial cleaning cloth while 5% of Greensquare's annual profits are donated to a local children's charity organization.
Donate clothes, toys and books to the MINDS Shop, an extension of the MINDS Employment Development Centres where vocational training is provided to adults with intellectual disabilities. The shop allows MINDS trainees get pre-vocational training in learning day-to-day retail operations and customer service. All sales proceeds go to MINDS trainees as allowance.
6. UPLIFT PROJECT SINGAPORE
This organisation, with collection points in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, donates new and secondhand bras to women in developing countries, whose circumstances make purchasing a pair prohibitively expensive. It also focuses on mastectomy bras, as some countries where donations are sent have yet to bring them to market.
7. Metta Welfare Association
Metta runs several welfare programs for the elderly, the disabled, children with special needs and those requiring hospice care, some of whom require clothing. Other donations, like used electronics, lithium ion batteries and books, are also welcome.