We are pleased to announce that our 2021 Reruns buyback program pilot was a success. We are now implementing it in a more permanent program based way for 2022.
The first program will run from January - April 2022.
The aim of the program is to provide job skills and training to women in recovery who live in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, while simultaneously closing the loop on our own textile waste.
Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is home to one of the worst drug problems in North America. It homes a disproportionate number of first nations, has a high rate of drug use and opioid overdoses, decrepit and squalid housing, and a high prevalence of severe mental illness (which often co-occurs with addiction).
The program is a partnership between the Osei-Duro and The Union Gospel Mission and aims to provide a stepping stone in the continuum of employment, building on UGM’s social enterprise sewing program's outstanding success.
The pilot will run for 16 weeks, giving us time to receive your old clothing, assign you store credit, assess the garments, potentially repair or alter, photo, list online, and have a sale of the clothes.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
- Collect your unwanted Osei-Duro Clothing
- Mail it, before February 1st 2022 to the below address
- Include a slip of paper with your name and email address
- add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe emails (your store credit will come form this email)
- Be patient - it may take us up to three months (but hopefully sooner) to process and issue store credit. Please bear with us while we iron out the wrinkles of the program.
C/O Ash Logan
882 E Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC, V6A 1R6
- Shipping credit: $15 (everyone who mails clothing to us will get this credit added, as a gesture in lieu of free shipping for the returns)
- $20USD - tops, tanks, accessories, bottoms and dresses and jumpsuits older than 2017
- $30USD - most dresses and jumpsuits made throughout 2017 or later
- $40USD - Higher priced outerwear such as Theca coats.
And finally a cute video the CBC did on our pilot program: