For many households, it may be more convenient to toss unwanted belongings into the garbage without a second thought. However, at the Future Centre Trust, there is an initiative that encourages sustainable living while giving back to charity.
According to director and treasurer, Claire Worme, Donation Nation, which was established in October last year, aims to divert the mountains of garbage going to the overflowing Mangrove Landfill. Over the past few years, there has been talking of the Government attempting to gradually persuade and guide the public on proper separation of trash, but it continues to be something that is mostly undertaken at a personal or community level.
The upcycling centre encourages Barbadians to donate items — clothing, furniture, stationery, books, housewares, etc. that they no longer need.
“The idea is when you donate to us, you get to choose one of 20 charities that we support. So you bring your donation; we ask people that they are clean, and even if you think that they are not in reasonable condition, let us decide,” Worme told Barbados TODAY.
She added that even items such as old or broken beaded necklaces or a lace tablecloth can be useful, as people who do craft could find ways to give them new life.
“It’s what we call a circular economy . . . where things get a second life. When you donate, you choose your charity. Everything is labeled; when you come, you see which charity it’s going to [proceeds] when you buy. A portion of the sales goes to charity and the rest goes to the Future Centre Trust to run the operation,” Worme revealed.
The director contended that the [earth’s] resources are not infinite and that persons need to start thinking about other people, the landfill, and giving back.
“Anytime you take something from the earth to make a pot or a pan, or a picture frame, you cut down a tree . . . everything that we use at some point comes from the earth. There’s a good chance that we are going to run out of resources if we just keep taking them out and making something and throwing them away.”