A new life for your old clothes
WHO WE ARE
FabricAID collects, sorts, and redistributes clothes to disadvantaged communities at microprices ($0.3-$2 per item). Their goal is to deliver good quality clothing into the hands of people who need them while reducing fabric waste.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Donate your clothes (new and gently-used clothes, shoes, and accessories) through their clothing collection bins. Find the nearest bin HERE. Other kinds of donations are not accepted.
MAKE A CHANGE
- Help disadvantaged communities get access to good quality clothing at micro-prices through a dignified shopping experience that also empowers them
- Reduce fabric waste
- Protect the environment
- Support NGOs to get a sustainable income
- Create jobs
HOW THEY COLLECT
Their network of smart clothing collection bins located all over Lebanon (see map)
Buying items from NGOs who receive clothing donations, which helps them financially
Through partnerships with businesses and organizations
HOW THEY SORT
They clean and sort items in good condition and divide them in 40-50 categories
HOW THEY REDISTRIBUTE
They re-sell good quality items at very cheap prices to disadvantaged communities at:
Their permanent shop in Werdanieh (near Saida), and their newly opened shop in Tripoli
Their pop-up markets set up in underdeveloped neighborhoods
Clothing that is not fit for resale is:
Sold in bulk to existing second-hand clothing stores at better prices
Up-cycled into unique fashion pieces in collaboration with emerging designers and underprivileged female tailors for their brand RemAID, which sells at special fashion exhibitions
By redesigning the clothing cycle, they positively impact communities, NGOs, environment, and businesses through:
Bridging the gap between those who have excess clothes and those who need them
Providing NGOs with a sustainable, steady source of income
Helping small enterprises in the second-hand clothing market, which currently import 12 million kg of merchandise from abroad annually, at significantly higher prices.
Reducing unnecessary import and creating an effective system that reduces waste and a significantly smaller carbon footprint
Creating jobs for people from marginalized communities, including FabricAID’s own workforce and the female tailors working on RemAID brand clothing.
WHAT IS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?
A social enterprise is a business with a social or environmental mission. It is a cross between a non-profit organization and a traditional business. It applies business strategies to make a profit, but its main mission is to have a positive impact and improve social or environmental wellbeing.
NGOs are frequently dependent on funding. If funds are cut down and programs are canceled or limited, this is problematic for beneficiaries who depend on these NGOs for their wellbeing. The advantage of a social enterprise is that it makes a profit, so it is able to sustain itself and continue making an impact for its beneficiaries.
At FabricAID they sell clothes instead of giving them away for 2 reasons:
- They use the profit to sustain our business, and continue to do good for their communities and for the environment
- Disadvantaged communities are able to buy exactly the items they need at prices they can afford while getting a dignified shopping experience. They can choose the clothes they like, try them on, and feel empowered that they are able to pay for their own clothing