, November 28, 2016

TRAID, birth certificates and Bangladesh

Do you have a birth certificate? I had taken mine for granted until my recent visit to the TRAID offices.

We’ve been supporting TRAID this year through our membership in 1% for the Planet. We chose them because of their appealing goals.

TRAID is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away. We turn clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of our clothes. It is a circular and sustainable approach to the problems of clothes waste tackling disposal, production and consumption by:

  • Increasing clothes reuse across the UK reducing waste, carbon emissions and consumption
  • Funding international development projects to improve conditions and working practices in the textile industry
  • Educating people of all ages about the impacts of textiles on the environment and people’s lives, and how we can make more sustainable choices

When Leigh McAlea, TRAID’s Head of Communications, invited me round to meet in person and learn more about the charity, I jumped at the chance. After a tour around the large Wood Green store (near the Turnpike Lane tube stop), Leigh showed me upstairs to their offices.

Leigh explained that since TRAID earns most of its funds through their charity shops, and does not fundraise as a separate activity, receiving a donation like ours is useful for propelling specific projects. In this case, it’s supporting one of the recent campaigns to help Bangladeshi children get birth certificates. Without a birth certificate, they have no schooling and no rights, so it’s a crucial part of bureaucracy to navigate, and it’s also expensive and time-consuming. The best way to appreciate it is to watch this stop motion animation the children made themselves.

In a couple of weeks, Lyla Patel Reynolds, TRAID Head of Education, will give a talk to our whole team about TRAID. We can’t wait!


Madelyn and Leigh at the TRAID offices.


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