You Can Get A £35 'Lucky Dip' Package Full Of Clothes From High Street Brands
One industry that's taken a serious hit as a result of COVID-19 is the fashion industry. Leading high street brands have been forced to cancel orders for over $2billion (approximately £1.5billion) worth of clothes, which have already been produced.
This means millions of workers in countries such as Bangladesh have been left unpaid and under threat of starvation in the middle of a global pandemic.
Now, in collaboration with the SAJIDA Foundation, retailer app Mallzee has created Lost Stock, a box of clothing priced at £35 that supports the workers and prevents the clothes going to landfill sites.
Each £35 box (which is worth up to £70) supports a worker and their family for a week, with Mallzee's aim to help 100,000 workers and their families.
As one factory owner said: "If coronavirus doesn't kill my workers, then starvation will."
It's a mega easy process, all you need to do is select whether you wish to have a box of menswear or womenswear.
Simply answer a few questions about your style and the team will select tops, t-shirts and shirts that would ordinarily have been stocked by leading high street retailers. Sizes range from XS to XXL.
In six to eight weeks, the box will arrive in the post. There'll be at least three items from top brands, with each box guaranteeing 50 per cent better value in comparison to if you'd bought the clothes in store.
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The box itself costs £35 plus £3.99 for shipping. Some 37 per cent of this goes to the SAJIDA Foundation, a non-profit organisation working across Bangladesh to help workers, families and communities by distributing food, sanitation and PPE.
Some 30 per cent goes directly to Bangladesh factories, while 12 per cent goes on postage via Royal Mail.
"With no safety net available for some of the poorest workers in the fashion supply chain we couldn't sit back and do nothing - leaving families to starve and new clothing heading to landfill," said Cally Russell, Mallzee CEO.
"Through Mallzee we have a relationship with over 1.5 million UK shoppers so we have come up with a way to enable them to save lives as they shop.
"[...] Covid-19 is a health and economic crisis in the UK but it's going to be a humanitarian crisis in countries like Bangladesh unless support is provided. With the Lost Stock approach consumers get a great deal and are also helping at the same time."
The garment industry in Bangladesh accounts for 84 per cent of the country's exports, with 2.28 million workers affected - so you really will be making a huge difference by buying a box.
If you are able to, you can buy a box here.
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