Thread Together runs clothing boutiques in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide, very much like clothing boutiques everywhere, with one important difference. All the clothing is free.
You can read more about the boutiques in this article.
Founded in 2012, Thread Together collects end-of-line brand new stock from clothing providers. With the support of volunteers, the clothes are sorted by age, gender, and purpose and go to stock Thread Together’s boutiques and mobile wardrobe vans that reach out to rural communities.
They also re-distribute clothes to people in need through charities across Australia. New clothes, rescued from potential landfill, available at no cost to those who need it most.
The Poverty in Australia 2020 report, published in February this year, found that 13.6% (3.24 million people) of our population live below the poverty line. The impact of Covid-19 is likely to increase the number of people in significant need.
Refugees also arrive on our shores with little other than the clothes on their backs.
And, as this article from Business Insider last year notes:
as consumers worldwide are buying more clothes, the growing market for cheap items and new styles is taking a toll on the environment. On average, people bought 60% more garments in 2014 than they did in 2000. What’s more, 85% of all textiles go to the dump each year.
Tackling poverty, supporting refugees and caring for the environment are issues of interest to Humanists everywhere.
While Thread Together is not an answer to these issues, their work can certainly be viewed as a small step in the right direction on all three.
(Images courtesy of Lauren Fleischmann and The Blowup on Unsplash)