FabricAID: An Initiative that Recycles the fashion for those in need

FabricAID: An Initiative that Recycles the fashion for those in need


Text by: Olga Habre


Category: Solidarity


Eradication of poverty is among the SDGs of the United Nations that aim for sustainable communities.
FabricAid is an initiative by Lebanese youth that takes the excess from those who have more and gives it to those who are in need but a value, a value that they could afford and make them feel their dignity.
FabricAID collects, sorts, and redistributes clothes to disadvantaged communities at microprices ($0.3-$2 per item). Our goal is to deliver good quality clothing into the hands of people who need them while reducing fabric waste.
  FA collect new and gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories through our network of smart clothing collection bins located all over Lebanon ,by buying items from NGOs who receive clothing donations, and through partnerships with businesses and organizations.
Only items in good condition are selected for redistribution. They are sorted into 46 categories, cleaned, and packaged.
The vast majority of the items collected are sold at pop-up markets that are set up in underdeveloped neighborhoods, and at FabricAID's own permanent shops.
FabricAID distribution channels maintain a dignifying shopping experience, similar to the one provided by traditional clothes retailers (clothes neatly displayed, price labels, changing rooms, personalized advice).
Clothes that are not fit for resale are sold in bulk to existing second-hand clothing stores. We also shred items into raw materials that can be used in furniture and construction industries.
To empower the creative community, we've established our own upcycled fashion brand, RemAID, a collaboration between local designers, disadvantaged tailors, and international brands, which sells at special fashion exhibitions.
In 2019 FA reached more than 5,000 beneficiaries selling around 30,000 clothing item and collecting more than 25,000 kilograms of clothing.