DIY activism is a growing new trend in the UK and throughout the world as more and more people are seeing the effects big corporations and governments are having on our environment. While damaging the environment does mean big profits for corporate officials and government heads, it just means less environmental resources for us all and those who are not profiting from it are fighting back.
We often think of ourselves as environmentally friendly. We reuse those plastic retail grocery bags, we recycle our plastic containers, we even donate our used clothing to secondhand clothing shops and charity clothing bags because we think we are making a difference. But what many of us are learning is that certain aspects of our environmentally friendly lifestyle aren’t as environmentally friendly as we previously thought. In fact, many well-intentioned environmentalists are learning that charity clothing bags and secondhand clothing shops aren’t what he imagine them to be and the clothing that we donate doesn’t always end up where we think it does.
The world is changing in many different ways, but perhaps one of the most important changes our planet is undergoing is environmental. From rising populations and increased pollution levels, to climate change, plastic in our oceans and more, the Earth faces a wide range of environmental concerns, many of them manmade.
A growing problem here in the UK and in the US, is clothing consumption and waste. In fact, clothing consumption in the UK has doubled in the past 10 years and projections see this trend becoming more of a problem in the next 5 years alone. What does this trend have to do with our topic today? A lot, actually. The clothing consumption and waste trend has created a large quantity of used clothing that is eventually making its way to our landfills. This is regardless of our efforts to reuse and recycle this clothing by donating it to a charity clothing bag collection.
With spring time nearly upon us and summer soon to follow, many of us are clearing out our closets in anticipation for the coming season’s latest styles. While we already know what we are looking for, and many of us have been working on our summertime bodies since the middle of winter, many people don’t know what to do with the closes in their closets that either don’t fit or just aren’t in style any more.
In the UK alone, there are almost 168,000 charities all vying for funds they desperately need to help their cause. Despite over 75% of the UK population donating to charitable businesses in 2018, almost 1,000 charities have been lost over the past decade. It becomes more crucial for charities to look for new ways to receive donations.
1step2be is a free innovative platform that allows charities and fundraisers to raise funds through textile monetisation.
A free-of-charge portal has launched that gives individuals full control over where the money goes for their unwanted clothing and textiles.
1step2be lets individuals turn their unwanted textiles into money and either donate the money to a campaign already on the portal or set up their own. The service donates 13p for every kilo of textiles donated.
An online portal has launched to turn unwanted clothes into cash donations for charities.
1step2be donates 13p for every kilo of clothes it receives, to the charity of the each donor’s choice. Each donation is also eligible for Gift Aid.
“1step2be was created based on in-depth market analysis which has shown us things that need to change to make clothes collections more sustainable, and easier for donors to get involved,” said 1ste2be Director and Co-owner Jakub Czernecki.
1step2be, a new free-of-charge portal is changing the way of donating to charities by allowing individuals to have full control over where the money goes for their clothes, without spending a penny.
1step2be turns unwanted textiles into money and donates the money to a cause of their choice. Not only that, a courier comes to the donors, weighs the textiles and tells them instantly how much their unwanted clothes will make for their chosen cause.