Wednesday, August 4

Cáritas opens its first sustainable store in Alicante to promote the reintegration of disadvantaged groups

The re Alicante fashion store, the sources add, has been created with a modern and current image, which wants to break with the stereotypes associated with second-hand stores. At the moment 2 people in vulnerable situations and 1 manager work, following the demanding cleaning, disinfection and access control protocols implemented after the outbreak of covid-19. It is the first store in the municipality and the number 106 of fashion re-.

“As a result of the health crisis, we want to emphasize especially the value of these projects framed in the social and solidarity economy. An iImportant commitment to local commerce and the generation of jobs from recovery processes. It is time, as a society, to face social reconstruction, live with a social conscience and that this has an impact on consumption. The crisis we are suffering has hit the most vulnerable groups that we serve hard. People who buy in fashion help these groups to get out of this crisis ”, they affirm from Cáritas Diocesana de Orihuela-Alicante.

A textile project

The Caritas textile project is based on a circular economy that respects and cares for people and the environment. “Now it is more necessary than ever to work to raise awareness of the reuse of clothing. One of the priority goals within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, is responsible consumption and production. In this sense, the Caritas plants work following a process of treatment of clothing and accessories with which you get a CO2 emission savings and m³ of water “, they explain from the Diocese.

About fashion re-

Moda re- is the social initiative promoted by Cáritas, framed within the Social and Solidarity Economy, aimed at the collection, reuse and preparation for textile recycling. It has 6,147 containers on public roads and other private locations (such as schools, health centers, supermarkets, etc.). Those Garments suitable to offer them a second life, are put on sale in one of its more than 100 own stores, where, in addition, the people who need it, can also purchase their garments, through a standardized shopping experience and at no cost. With your activity, Moda has re-generated 1,000 jobs, 500 of which are for people in a situation or at risk of exclusion who carry out within fashion their insertion itineraries.

The main objective of the project is the person and the social purpose, which is why people from the Caritas social insertion program participate in it, among others. In addition to employing groups in a situation of social exclusion (accompanying them in a personalized insertion process, it allows people to be empowered in transport, industrial classification and customer service) and dignifying the way of receiving clothes from those who need them. , Fashion is linked to caring for the environment, by promoting the maximum use of all raw materials, as well as sustainable and responsible consumption. This is especially relevant in the current context, in which the textile industry is the second most polluting on the planet.

At the moment, It is estimated that in Spain each year around 990,000 tons of textile products go to landfills. However, and according to the data provided by the study “Analysis of the collection of used clothing in Spain”, lhe textile recycling rates remain low: only 10-12% of post-consumer textile waste is collected separately for reuse and / or recycling, and less than 1% of the total production is recycled in a closed cycle, that is, with the same or similar use. Moda re-leads the collection of textile waste throughout Spain, managing more than 44,000 tons each year, 41% of the total, concludes the ngo statement.

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