Over 100lbs of Textiles Were Donated at the Make It Last Clothes Drive, What Impact Does This Have?

Clothes drives are nothing new. They are easy to host and the concept is simple—people drop off clothes they do not want then magic happens. But there is more to a clothes drive than it being a perfect opportunity for someone to purge their closet.

Attendees at the Make It Last Clothes Drive helped donate over 100lbs of textiles; however, the true impact goes beyond weight.

 
 
 

The art of giving.

 
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Psychology tells us that the joy of giving lasts longer than the joy of receiving. With the help of Nous Tous LA, we created a space for event attendees to give back and support other organizations.

Attendees chose from a set of boxes to drop clothes into. Each box represented a different nonprofit fighting for garment worker rights and sustainable fashion locally in Los Angeles and on a global scale—Clean Clothes Campaign, Garment Worker Center, and Fab Scrap.

For each donated item that we repurpose through the Make It Last Program, we will donate 15% of the sale to one of the nonprofits. Clothes we do not get around to repurposing will be sent directly to Helpsy, a certified B-Corporation company that handles textile collection and keeps clothes out of landfills.

 

Using fashion as a force for good.

 
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An exclusive look into the First Responder Series collaboration with C.Mota Studio was also released at the event (available online this month). The series showcases repurposed first-responder uniforms with the message to use fashion as a force for good.

We will donate 15% of each purchase from the collaboration to REMAKE, a nonprofit using firsthand documentary footage and stories to make the invisible women who power the fashion industry visible. 

 

A “Reuse Forever” mentality.

 
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Efforts around innovative production and sustainable textiles are already in motion. But what about already existing clothes?

Exhibiting a “Reuse Forever” mentality means doing what it takes to keep items in use and out of landfills.

The idea behind the Make It Last Program and First Responder Series collaboration is to demonstrate that anything can be turned into something of value through minor alters or complete reconstruction.

 

Special thanks to the following organizations and people: