Distributing Bags & Clothes

Distributing Bags & Clothes

Pledge No. 2

Our second project aims to repurpose and upcycle waste materials to provide resources to students, specifically school bags and clothing! This project is in collaboration with Nandan Denims, India’s largest denim supplier.

Upcycling is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Today, discarded scrap material has become a huge problem, affecting every part of our environment, from our waterways to our atmosphere, our grassy fields to our forests, our plants to our people. In the United States, the textile recycling industry removes approximately 2.5 billion pounds of post-consumer textiles each year from the waste stream (WHO, 2015). Even more shockingly, second to oil, the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world (EPA, 2018).

In an effort to make a tangible impact in the fight against textile waste and pollution, SOLVE, in partnership with Nandan Denims, will utilize scrap material from denim products to make bags, clothing, and jeans.

This is not only an effort in sustainability, but is of particular importance to communities and students who would otherwise be unable to afford such products. Our process has three stages:

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1. PROCURE:

Collect and assemble waste material from Nandan Denims, India’s largest denim supplier.

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2. PATCH UP:

SOLVE will then employ local labourers on a contractual basis to upcycle this material into school bags and clothes.

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3. PROVIDE:

SOLVE will collect the completed items (bags and clothes) and coordinate with their network of low-income schools to efficiently distribute the items to children and adults from resource-poor groups across NCR.