Because fashion is seasonal, often clothing that was in vogue just a year earlier, but still in good condition, is considered dated. People may update their wardrobes regularly, but what happens to these ‘old’ clothes? Do they end up in landfills? Akhuwat Clothes Bank offers a solution to the problem of fast fashion, which is harmful for our environment. We take unwanted clothes, wash and mend them, then distribute them to needy people.
Our clothes bank employees from the Khawajasira community are responsible for processing clothes when they come in. They sort, wash, repair and re-pack them with dedication, ready to be gifted to needy people across Pakistan, through Akhuwat branches and other charity organisations we partner with on the ground. We also collect toys, books, furniture, home textiles and other household items that are unwanted, but which poor people are in want of.
Akhuwat’s Clothes Bank project benefits so many people on so many levels. By recycling, it helps to address the problem of pollution. It provides employment to needy and marginalised people. It provides clothing for the needy. And donors are rewarded with blessings for their charity, when grateful recipients make Dua for them, as they use the donated items. What’s more, donors also get to declutter and make space in their cupboards and lives. Clearing out helps one feel lighter and breathe easier.
We are thrilled that ACB encourages this simple, compassionate and eco-friendly lifestyle by giving people an opportunity to share and recycle.