A clothing recycling service has won the Innovative Products or Services category in this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards.
Swinburne University of Technology Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduate, Rebeka Morgan is the brains behind Closet Cleanout, an initiative run by Living Fundraisers, which aims to help organisations and schools raise money through ethical fundraising.
Through its partnership with schools and other fundraising groups, the program has been able to ship almost 50 tonnes of unwanted clothes, accessories and soft toys that may otherwise have ended up in landfill, overseas to developing countries.
“Winning the award has inspired us to continue our pursuit of changing how funds are raised in our communities,” Founder of Living Fundraisers, Ms Morgan said.
“We are so passionate about providing new and exciting fundraising options to schools and groups that are also healthy and sustainable, and it is amazing to be recognised for all our hard work in achieving this.”
Closet Cleanout has been extremely well received across Melbourne and surrounds. Schools, kinders and childcare centres see the initiative as a way to educate children on the environment and global issues, as well as how to contribute to a greater cause.
Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan says the awards ceremony is a special night, rewarding and recognising Victorians who have made a difference to the environment by implementing sustainable measures to better manage their waste, water and energy consumption.
“Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners. These projects continue to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits, as well as inspire more organisations to think about their own sustainability efforts,” Mr Krpan said.