I love this awesome charity! From Project RePat’s website:
Project Repat partners with artisans and small businesses in Nairobi, Kenya to make unique products out of the millions of t-shirts that Americans dump on the developing world each year. At Project Repat, we’re harnessing the power of your old t-shirt to support developing world markets far away and local nonprofits around the corner.
Have you ever wondered what happened to that favorite t-shirt you owned five years ago? Maybe your mom cleaned out your closet while you were away at college sleeping through class? Your ex-girlfriend refused to give it back after that fateful breakup in Starbucks? Or maybe there’s no one to blame but yourself and you simply got rid of that t-shirt before it was time?
It’s very possible that your misfortune resulted in someone else’s gain right here in the United States at the local Goodwill. But a much larger and more adventurous percentage of old t-shirts are sold (yes, we said sold) by the Goodwill or Salvation Army to t-shirt middlemen. These shirts are packed in giant crates and make the long journey to the center of the used t-shirt markets of the developing world where they are resold to local businesses in Kenya, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Haiti, and scores of other places. And while an abundant supply of slightly less awesome, hip, and ironically hilarious t-shirts are always available for purchase by consumers in these countries, the real tragedy occurs when t-shirts like yours are sent away too soon to foreign lands without achieving their maximum potential domestically. Let’s call it…premature deportation.
Our mission is partner with and support artisans and small businesses in the developing world by creating new and exciting products made entirely out of t-shirts. Your forgotten t-shirt came back to the United States as a double hero, supporting local small businesses when repurchased in the developing world and using 100% of all profits from resale here in the States to support nonprofit organizations improving lives in the countries from which they were repatriated. And the next time you are thinking about buying a new shirt, just remember that American over-consumption is so rampant that the vast majority of our shirts end up dumped on other countries.
Check it out! :-)