Web Spy: Project Repat

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As hipsters everywhere already know, thrift stores are great places to score awesome vintage t-shirts — but did you know only about 5% of the t-shirts donated to stores like the Salvation Army and Goodwill actually get sold in the U.S.? The majority of clothes donated are purchased at ridiculously low prices and shipped off to developing countries around the world, where they are then sold by local businesses.
And that’s where Project Repat steps in. Volunteers for Project Repat scour shops in these developing countries, like Tanzania, to find the best shirts and bring them back to the United States. Project Repat then washes the shirts twice, stamps them with their logo, and sells them on their website.
For $25, you can get one of Project Repat‘s shirts for yourself. Right now, the selection isn’t huge, but new shirts are set to arrive at the end of the month. The best part of Project Repat, however, is that 100% of the profits are donated to nonprofit organizations that help improve the lives of people in developing countries.
And if the thought of all that shipping t-shirts back and forth across the world makes you wonder about Project Repat‘s carbon footprint, you don’t have to worry about that, either. The volunteers that shop for t-shirts in Africa bring them back with them when they’re already headed home for other reasons.
So with Project Repat, you don’t only score an awesome new (well, new to you, anyway) t-shirt, but you can also feel good about the fact that you’re helping out others in need.
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