What is Rag?
All charities create rag. It's the clothes that can't be sold due to defects like a stains, rips, broken zips, etc. These items, in turn, get sold by the kilo to textile recyclers and becomes a source of income for charities.
Re-Fashion doesn't create a lot of rag as your donations are of a high quality (👊Fist pump to all our donors).
What Happens to Rag?
Textile recyclers will sort, grade and transport the UK's rag to third world countries - part of a £2.8bn second-hand garment trade that spans the globe.
A lot of the countries receiving our rag have become discerning consumers who would rather get quality second-hand clothes instead of our cast-offs. But we keep sending it to them.
What happens to this excess rag? To be honest we don't know? It's out of sight, out of mind and has become someone else's problem.
Rag to Riches
We don't want our rag sent halfway around the world to countries that don't really need it. Instead, we want to get it in the hands of upcyclers, fashion students, and makers... in fact anyone who can turn rags to riches.