Where do donated clothing items end up? Clothing donated to the Council is sorted and sold in our thrift shop as a fundraiser to support the no-fee programs of the Council. Approximately 1/3 of our annual budget is raised by the thrift shop and special sales.
Items that are not “salable” are then re-donated to other thrift shop organizations, and many of these re-donated items may end up overseas in other countries. Olin students learned about the problems this clothing may cause this semester in a class called Dirt to Shirt, an intensive study of the the global supply chain for clothing taught by Needham resident, and Olin College Professor of Anthropology, Caitrin Lynch.
Students visited the Council thrift shop and selected t-shirts to cut up and transform into re-usable yarn…they designed a specialized “machine” to help speed up the cutting process and then created new items with the yarn. They displayed their invention at the town-wide Needham Art Fair on Saturday, December 8th where they sold the newly created items and yarn and donated their proceeds back to The Council.
Click here for an in depth article about the course.
Click here for an online video created by the students.