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Charities rack their brains for ways to prevent used clothes from ending up in landfills

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 2, 2019   /  08:07 am
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Visitors look through secondhand clothes displayed at the Pasar Raia (Raia Market) garage sale in Taman Suropati, Central Jakarta, on Saturday. The event aims to promote sustainable fashion to the public. (Sausan Atika/Sausan Atika)

The emergence of new charitable organizations that collect unused clothes following the rise of the decluttering trend may be a saving grace for those who have started living a minimalist lifestyle. However, these organizations are facing the growing challenge of receiving very poor quality donations and thus the danger of turning into another landfill for someone else’s old, shabby clothes. Since its establishment in June 2018, Jakarta-based Setali Indonesia has been working on finding ways to prevent old clothes from ending up in waste disposal sites. Setali Indonesia creative and social media manager Vicky Destiawan said the organization received around 14,000 donated fashion items a month. However, about 80 percent is categorized as "rejected", or clothes that are not suitable for resale because they are torn, discolored or bear the logos of political pa...