DENIM RECYCLING PROJECT
Our DENIM RECYCLING PROJECT is in its 6th year this year, the aim is to empower unemployed single parents/care-givers/youth with skills to grow their own social enterprises, to help break the cycle of poverty and dependence on social grants. Unwanted denim donated by members of the public are recycled into pretty and practical household and fashion items. These are sold to generate an income for the programme participants and their families.
We have at present a small number of national companies we supply with corporate gifts, made from recycled denim.
From time to time we host a DENIM DRIVE and ask members of the public to donate and drop off with us, their unwanted denim. We also welcome donations of haberdashery, material and other equipment needed to produce the items from denim. (Keeping input costs low, means the women and youth benefit more financially.)
Acknowledgement for a job well done
SOSCVPE Denim Recycling project was invited for the second year in 2016, to show our items at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. We were invited to represent the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro crafters by the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, giving great exposure to our SOS brand and wonderful opportunities to sell our products to a wider audience.
Our project is well received as it encourages entrepreneurship, generates income for unemployed women (and youth) to better care for their own children and it is ‘green’ because it encourages up-cycling and recycling of items (that would end up being dumped as waste) making it good for our environment.