Green Living Collaboration With Kedai Jalanan

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Date: Sunday, 20th December 2015
Time: 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Location: Jalan Panggung street corner, Kuala Lumpur (in front of Malaya-Hainan Cafe)

Green Living would like you to spring-clean your homes for a good cause, and this is how you do it! We need you to root out, clean up and deliver to us the following items:

  1. Wearable and reusable clothes, separated into men’s, women’s and children’s.
  2. Usable bags, including non-woven shopping bags, travel bags, handbags, purses, wallets and backpacks.
  3. Towels, blankets, mats and sarongs.
  4. Shoes, sandals and footwear.
  5. Hotel and sample-sized toileteries (no half-used tubes and bottles, please).
  6. Reusable food and water containers, camping plates and camping/travel cookware.

We will be doing a joint project with Kedai Jalanan, a social initiative started by the Gender Studies Unit of Universiti Malaya, to offer these usable items to the homeless and urban poor in Kuala Lumpur at their monthly pop-up street store. At Kedai Jalanan, each street client gets to pick up to 5 items FOC. Items are arranged neatly in baskets and on clothes racks, and street clients are treated with dignity and respect.

Clothing and items that are in bad condition should be thrown out or put into community recycling bins where stained and torn clothing will be sold as scrap fabric for industrial use.

To donate your items:
1. Select, clean and sort your donations as per our guidelines, and then bring them over on 20th December to Jalan Panggung, where Green Living and Kedai Jalanan volunteers will take them from you.

Alternatively,
2. If you are unable to deliver the items yourself, please contact Ee Lynn at wongeelynn@yahoo.com to arrange for collection / delivery. Please note that it would be impractical for volunteers to drive all across town to pick up contributions from every donor, so please make an effort to meet us halfway.

To volunteer:

  1. Please email Ee Lynn at wongeelynn@yahoo.com to let us know your identities and the number of volunteers.
  2. Volunteers should be at the meeting point at 2.00 p.m. to begin sorting and displaying items. The shop opens for business at 3.00 p.m. and closes for the day at 5.30 – 6 p.m. after which volunteers should help to tidy up and transport unsuitable items to the nearest recycling bins.

The objective of this project is to help redirect usable resources to local beneficiaries. Most of the clothes dropped off in recycling bins end up being sold in ‘bundle stores’ in developing countries (http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Features/2015/02/16/Where-do-old-clothes-go/) instead of being used to directly benefit the underprivileged in our own city. Many of our clients have also requested clothes suitable for work (e.g. blouses, work shirts, trousers, shoes, baju kurung) as they wish to attend job interviews to seek better employment opportunities, so let us help them in order that they may help themselves. Reusing and sharing our resources is good for the environment and community, and volunteering makes better persons of us all.

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