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  • Convenience of donations at Happieesouls

    Charity begins at home; Organise your old unwanted items for donations at home rather than dumping in traditional donation boxes

    When you drop off a bag of clothes for donation, do you ever wonder where does it all go? Is it really going to someone in need? There are many pathways where your clothes may end up. Some are resold at thrift stores, some are used up as raw materials for creating new clothing, most end up in landfills and some reach their intended destination as donations to needy. 

    Enter – Online and offline platforms that partner and bridge the gap between donors and NGOs. Most of these platforms work on 2 models – 

    • Traditional method of Donation boxes in offices, society or Complex:

    You can dump your unwanted items in donation boxes kept by some NGO or enterprise. They collect donations in bulk and then starts the exhaustive and tiresome job for them. They then have to segregate items into separate categories manually. This takes a lot of  time, effort and labor which could have been avoided in the first place.

    • Online at home donation pick up 

    There are few NGOs/enterprises that collect donated clothing items or unwanted household items from donors and deliver them directly to NGO partners. While this is faster, a lot of times your donations may not reach or benefit the receivers. For example, when you donate a mix of women-wear, mens’-wear and children’s clothing and the donated items reach an NGO that caters to women and children only, the men’s clothing items don’t reach the beneficiaries and end up being unused or discarded. 

    How Happieesouls is organizing this unorganized sector

    Happieesouls functions on a slightly different yet incredibly unique model. We believe in building a community that understands the power of giving. 

    • We connect directly with grassroot level NGOs, verify them and partner with them by offering them to get enlisted on our website free of cost. That’s right. Unlike a lot of crowdfunding and donation platforms, we do not charge our partner NGOs for enlisting them on our website. We give them a platform to create a profile, an account, and bucket-list detailing all the items and necessities they need. A volunteer can build a website for an NGO for free but the NGO struggles to maintain it. Most of the grassroots NGOs website domains expire and they don’t even know if it is working or not. Our NGO partners do not have to struggle for the maintenance of their website, our platform inherently does it for them for free.
    • Our website mandates and encourages donors to indicate right quantity against each category of clothing/good. We sensitize our donors about the importance of segregating and marking exact quantity of items. This helps our delivery partners in mapping the donations to right NGOs and measuring impact. Structuring and organizing it right at the donor level, helps us in sending women clothing to a girl orphanage and vice versa. We have donated more than 10k items of clothing, utensils and furniture in the past 3 months.

    • We do not store or keep a stock of any of the donated items. Therefore, your donations reach the NGOs on same day in a matter of few hours. We deliver utensils and furniture to the right partner where it can be directly utilized and share picture of the same with the donor to create transparency.

    • We also provide next day donation pick up service. In the event, that your donations have to be picked up on priority, you can schedule next day donation pickups and we deliver straight to our NGO partners in need. This ensures maximum sustainability and proper utilisation of your old unwanted household items.

    PS : Bulk furniture pick ups takes 3-5 days. If you are shifting to a new city and want to donate most of your household items, contact us 3-5 days prior to pick up date.

    Why do we charge a convenience fee?

    Anything for free dilutes transparency. We are on a mission to make online giving space more transparent.

    Depending on the volume of your donations, we charge a flat price for pick up service for 2 wheelers, 3 wheelers, 4 wheelers and trucks. This is a logistics and convenience fee that our donors pay for their donations to reach safely to NGOs who will benefit from these donations. It is really a minimal fee for logistics and transportation of delivery of donations done by our delivery partners. So, your preloved clothes and good get a new life for a nominal fee. 

    We believe our ethos would bring some structure in this otherwise disjointed industry. After all, goodness is the only investment that never fails. 

    Do you have unused, ??old cloths and other items that are lying in your wardrobe? Do you know it can be luxury to many in need?

    Click on the link to book your donation pick up today :)

    https://bit.ly/36u5PxS

  • Are you still stuck in the Fast Fashion LOOP?

    Fast fashion is something “we’ve all been sucked into” but the “atrocious” impact is now much more evident, and people have started to wake up to it. our vision is to introduce those who have not yet converted: “to what a beautiful, versatile and practical fabric it is, and how a classic fabric will stand the test of time.”

    How to make millennials aware if they’re still stuck in the fast fashion loop?

    1. Buy lessBefore going out to buy something new, ask yourself if you really need that item.
    2. Buy clothes from brands that have recycling and upcycling programs. 
    3. Choose to buy from brands that are both affordable and offer quality products. As ethical and sustainable clothing brands gain popularity, they will continue to become more affordable. Support organizations that include sustainability in their mission when possible. 
    4. Instead of donating to large chain thrift store charities, donate to a local shelter or nonprofit organization that gives clothes directly to those in need in your community.

    You can choose to book a door step pick up of your donations on Happieesouls and we deliver it to the local orphanages, old age homes, shelter homes and grassroots NGOs.

         5.  Support local artisans by buying handmade, eco-friendly goods supporting Indian made     products

    We can't continue to consume and discard clothing in the way we have, because of the environmental impact of production and transportation, the waste from unwanted clothing and frequently the awful conditions suffered by people in the supply chain. This industry is nothing without effective supply chains. With fashion supply chains contributing as the 3rd highest producer of global emissions amongst the main eight supply chains according to the World Economic Forum 'Net Zero Challenge: Supply Chain Opportunity Insights Report' dated January 2021.

    Social media and influencers supporting sustainability and slow fashion has a big part to play in sharing the message and more resources submerge daily that allow people to really understand what fast fashion has done. We estimate that there are 300 plus million people working in fashion and related sectors worldwide. If we can build collaboration between those professionals who want to see change – we can move mountains and make this world a better place for every living being.

    If you want to be an influencer for good, join our community of ambassadors and lets spread a word about sustainable living. Write to us at aditi_chakraborty@happieesouls.com

  • How Donating Clothes Helps the Environment and contributes to Sustainable Lifestyle?

    As per reports in a fashion magazine, 73% of discarded clothes end up in landfills, that are brimming with so much urban waste that by 2050, India will require one the size of New Delhi to fit all of the waste it produces. That means in another 30 years, Indian will be brimming with urban waste.

    In the age of social media fashion gurus and influencers it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race of the hunt for the latest rags. The latest trends outfits soon becomes outdated and lingers on in the dark side of the closet piling up you wardrobe and eating up all your free space.

    Well, modern fashion is a fickle mistress, and her moods keep changing all the time, with new trends replacing old ones within a few months. So, what do you do with all the awesome clothes you just wore once and twice that tragically is outdated or no longer fitting clothes? 

    The answers lies in recycling, reuse and upcycle. Believe it or not, donating clothes not only helps bring a smile to someone needy but it’s actually great for the environment. Here is how:

    1. Donating Clothes reduces Landfill waste

    Every year, tons of clothing are discarded and end up in landfills. Many of these clothing items are in usable condition. These textiles can take up to 200+ years to decompose. Decomposing these textiles emit toxins that are released into the air and water, polluting the environment. The bigger these landfills, the higher the levels of pollution.

    If you reuse, repurpose or donate your clothes, you stop the landfills from getting bigger and give your clothes a new life; creating a positive effect on the environment.

    2. Old Clothes brings Smiles and Helps those in need

    By donating your clothes to charity, orphanages, old age homes or communities nearby you, you can help underprivileged people who cannot afford clothing and basic necessities.

    Clothes discard in landfills taking up space and polluting the environment can instead help the people that need them the most.

    Another way is to donate clothes to companies who are into upcycling. They recycle and find creative ways to reuse as long as possible.

    3. Saves Water and Reduces Water Pollution

    It takes 2,700 liters of water to make one cotton shirt. Fashion industry uses tonnes of water in the production of new clothes. By donating instead of throwing, you can break the cycle of overusing fresh water, hence saving tonnes of water

    Additionally, When the rain falls on textile landfills and the toxins released, the water rinses out the chemicals, and together they accumulate at the base of the landfill, eventually finding their way down to the groundwater.

    When you donate clothes and they’re reused by someone else, there’s no need for such high production of new items since there will be lesser demand. Hence, clothing donation saves water by protecting it from polluting chemicals. Think back to the huge landfills

    Please note the production of nylon (clothes made of synthetic materials) involve great greenhouse gas emissions, and nylon breaks down in the washing machines and causes a buildup of microplastics in our water systems.

    4. Lowers the Carbon Footprint in the Environment

    Certain fibers in mass-produced clothing don’t break down at all. As mentioned before, Textiles can take up to 200+ years to decompose in landfills. These textiles in landfills, release the most dangerous chemicals to our environment and the emissions contribute a large amount of greenhouse gases every year.

    Additionally, the production of new clothes requires a lot of power along with water. The more power you need, the bigger the emissions of greenhouse gases.

    The donation of clothing will ensure that all the water and energy that was used in the creation of new garments will not simply go to waste. The longer the clothing is used is in circulation, lesser clothes will be produced and discarded at landfills.

    5. A Circular Economy with a Sustainable Lifestyle

    By donating used clothing, you contribute to reuse, recycle and it is used for as long as possible, then recycled.

    Creating a circular economy that builds a sustainable environment where things don’t go to waste as easily, and where everything is being used to its maximum potential. Sustainable living leads to a brighter future for all of you.

    By donating clothes you do good for others, the environment and to yourself. Time to act and be responsible. Take one step at a time, you can book a doorstep pick with us at www.happieesouls.com and we deliver directly to our NGO and upcycle partners in need.

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