If you’re decluttering as part of your new year’s resolution or spring cleaning for Chinese New Year, there are other options besides throwing your old clothes, books or homeware in the trash. Instead of adding to the world’s landfills, consider donating to one of these organizations in order contribute towards more sustainable practices or even help out communities in need.
Redress is a non-profit that aims to reduce textiles waste through a variety of initiatives. Bring your used clothes to their collection boxes located at Jeeves, The Gap, and Pizza Express or take part in their annual collection campaign in October. The organization assesses each piece of clothing to determine whether to re-sell it at their secondhand pop-up shops, donate it to charity, upcycle it, or recycle the fibres into new textiles. Funds raised at their shops go towards running their programming.
Tucked into a nondescript building in Sheung Wan is Flow Bookshop, a humble secondhand bookstore that’s been in business since 1997. Donate your pre-loved books — whether novels, textbooks, or even old magazines — and the shop will either sell them back to the public or donate them to charities or people in need. Browse around and you might find a new good read — or even a rare or collectible edition — to take home. The shop accepts CDs, DVDs and blu-rays, too.
Room F-G, 1/F, Kai Fung Mansion, 189-205 Queen’ s Road Central, Sheung Wan, 9278-5664.
Crossroads Foundation is a non-profit that supports poor and vulnerable communities around the world through a combo of providing aid, running experiential programs, and social enterprises. It has distributed high-quality goods to over 90 countries through its Global Distribution arm. Got something you want to donate? Use the organization’s GoodCity app to indicate what you’re offering — the organisation accepts clothes, toys, household goods and electrical appliances, but also larger items such as home, office and school furniture — see if your offer is accepted, and then set up a time when you can drop off your goods.
Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, Gold Coast, Tuen Mun, 2984-9309
Founded by a husband-and-wife duo in 2006, 2nd Chance is a secondhand shop where home furniture and accessories can be bought and sold at affordable prices. The founders came up with the idea as a bid to help the environment after they saw how much furniture in Hong Kong gets thrown away. What’s more, five per cent of profits made through antiques and collectibles go towards different charities in Hong Kong. Simply shoot them an e-mail if you have something to sell.
Unit 14, 2/F, Kin Fat Industrial Centre, 13 Kin Fat Street, Tuen Mun, 2496-1222.
One of the largest charities in Hong Kong, Po Leung Kuk was originally founded as the Society for the Protection of Women and Children in 1880. Now, it supports women, children, elderly folk, and low-income families across the city. Donate unwanted clothes, books, toys, stationary, books, household accessories, cookware, electrical appliances or computers and the organization will pass them on to someone who needs them.
66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, 2277-8888
Located within St John’s Cathedral in Central, Castaways Charity Shop accepts clothing, shoes, handbags, and household linens. The items are then re-sold, with the profits going towards various small charities throughout Hong Kong. The shop is staffed by volunteers from Clares Women Network, but the shop also invites volunteers to help sort through donations or provide other services on Wednesday mornings.
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