On 17th May, TCTA made another delivery of staff-donated clothing to the textile recycling and disability empowerment organisation, Clothes to Good. With an aim to empower individuals through skills development and job opportunities, Clothes to Good
shares a common mission with TCTA’s socio-economic development initiatives.
During their visit to the facility, members of the TCTA staff, comprising colleagues from the Communications and Stakeholders, Environmental Management, and Facilities and Logistics departments, were guided on a two-hour walkabout throughout the site. The purpose of the walkabout was to provide context on how the donated material contributes to employment creation, specifically for individuals affected directly or indirectly by disabilities.
Tammy Greyling, Clothes to Good’s Operations Director, took the delegation around the site and expressed the organisation’s waste-nothing philosophy. “Most people assume that we only accept donations of material in good condition. However, we welcome all materials, from new to significantly worn-out items. There is no such thing as ‘waste material’ here; we literally accept any material,” Greyling explained. She further conveyed the organisation’s preference for collaborating with like-minded organisations, alluding to their shared passion for creating a meaningful, sustainable, and positive social impact in enterprise development, and environmental care.
Clothes to Good also operates a Micro-Business programme that empowers women, particularly mothers of children with disabilities, to become successful entrepreneurs in their own communities. This is achieved by selling recycled, pre-loved clothes, fashion accessories, and other textiles.
“At present, we are empowering 108 women through our micro-business development programme, of which 56 are mothers to children with disabilities,” added Greyling.
TCTA managed to collect and deliver about 20 bags of recyclable clothing. These contributions will support various initiatives aiming to uplift communities and
stimulate employment through these micro-businesses.