HMW make the process of giving away old clothes
easier and more sustainable for the environment.
A platform where people can give away clothes they no longer use ( Givers ) to different identities (Collectors) such as Local businesses, NGOs or Retail Stores, while benefitting by being able to choose the entity to support, and by getting discounts and other perks.
e all know that cleaning out your closet can be frustrating and annoying! There are a number of ways out there that you can get rid of old stuff. You can sell, donate or recycle your old clothes. But how? Well let's just say it is not that easy.We try downloading a few apps to sell the items that are some what decent. But the process is just so time consuming! First, you have to create a profile,take pretty pictures of the items, post them, then negotiate with someone across the country about the selling and shipping price. It's just not worth it. As most of us end up doing, we pack bags filled with clothes we no longer want with the intention of giving them away, aren't quiet sure what we are going to do with them. they stay in our closets and storage for months but the truth is we end up taking that expensive cab ride to Goodwill to drop them off on a sunday (when you'd rather be having brunch with friends after an exhausting work week), forever not knowing what would happen to them or who would use them or better yet, you just give up and end up throwing them away.
While we might not think twice when throwing a cheap, well-worn t-shirt away, but if that was done by millions of people, it has a detrimental effects on the environment. A report by the Environmental Protection Agency states that 12.8 million tons of textiles were discarded (out of 15.1 million tons of textile waste) by Americans in 2013.
So we created re-fabrik.
re-fabrik is an app that connects “Givers” of old clothes/ items to “Collectors” such as local business who are loping to save, ngos, retail stores..etc.. for exchange on discounts, perks, choosing a charity or local business to support or just to contribute to the circular economy.
re-fabrik collaborates with local delivery companies that pick up your clothes/items and delivers it to the nearest drop-off warehouse/space.
The re-fabrik method is as follows:
You confirm an order
re-fabrik picks it up from your home or the nearest drop off zone (depending on delivery method chosen)
re-fabrik sorts, organizes and delivers it to collector
As a 'GIVER' ( a person given away used items) all you have to is the following:
Download the app and create a profile
Browse the Collectors ( Charity, retail and rewards, or local business) available.
Choose one Collector
Choose delivery method and date
re-fabrik app prototype in use.