TRAID

TRAID is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away. We turn clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of our clothes. It is a circular and sustainable approach to the problems of clothes waste tackling disposal, production and consumption by:-

  • Increasing clothes reuse across the UK reducing waste, carbon emissions and consumption
  • Funding international development projects to improve conditions and working practices in the textile industry
  • Educating people of all ages about the impacts of textiles on the environment and people’s lives, and how we can make more sustainable choices

TRAID does this by providing the UK public with a network of over 1,500 charity clothes banks, home collections and charity shops diverting around 3,000 tonnes of clothes from landfill and incineration every year. We work in 191 boroughs and districts in the UK supporting local authorities, businesses, schools and communities towards zero waste.

Clothes are given to TRAID as cast offs and waste which we transform into high quality stock for our charity shops. TRAID hand sorts donations at our warehouse in London selecting stock for our shops based on condition, quality and style. It’s a major process which sees our team sorting, hanging, tagging, pricing and merchandising around 11,000 garments per week to reuse and resell.

The funds we raise in our shops from stopping clothes from being thrown away are committed to global projects improving conditions and working practices in the textile industry.

TRAID’s Vision

A world in which the clothes we produce, consume and wear do not harm people or planet.

TRAID’s Mission

TRAID tackles the negative social and environmental impacts of producing, consuming and wasting clothes by: –

  • Increasing our use of second-hand clothes
  • Providing people with reuse services to stop wearable clothes being thrown into the waste stream or left unused
  • Putting wearable clothes back into use in our charity shops
  • Running education programmes and campaigns to raise awareness of the socio-environmental impacts of clothes and to persuade and inspire people, businesses and policy makers to take action to keep clothes in use for longer. This includes wearing more second-hand rather than new, passing on unworn clothes for someone else to use, buying less, buying better quality, caring for and repairing clothes
  • Funding, supporting and promoting global projects to establish more sustainable production and safer fairer conditions for people working in the supply chains making our clothes – from supporting organic cotton production to stopping child and bonded labour

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