Recycle for a better world

You know what we like most about Sumba? Its potential for becoming an ideal world…

Learning from all the mistakes we’ve made and we’ve been making in regards to our impact on the environment, we can create a more sustainable island, than any other place.

All foreigners investing on Sumba Island are concerned about the environment and we do our best to protect it and to create ways to avoid the damages otherwise the future would hold for the island.

In this post I would like to focus on the fashion industry. In Waingapu, there are a couple of shops selling poor quality clothes made in China. The circulation of poor quality clothing is harmful for the environment for so many reasons. It’s a waste of labor (not even mentioning the payment these people get) it’s a waste of fuel used for transportation and it’s a waste of money. The life span of such clothing is obviously much shorter than that of better quality clothing.

Tourism in Sumba is unavoidable. More and more articles mention Sumba and its amazing potentials. This will bring many changes to the island. In regards to fashion industry, this means that more and more clothing shops will want to lay foot on the island in hopes for meeting the newly formed demand for better clothing and in hopes for making profit. The locals will want to be better dressed, because of the jobs foreigners create for them. They will be paid well, so why shouldn’t they spend their money on clothing? Is this sustainable? No, not really, when statistics show that only in Australia 85% of the amount of clothing bought every year end up on landfill. That’s insane!! Why should we produce and sell new clothes in especially in third world countries when elsewhere all end up on landfill?? Why do we keep buying so much in the first place? Second hand shops are popular in many European countries, I can’t see why the Sumbanese should object.


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My mission is to collect good quality wearable clothes from Jakarta and Bali and create second hand shops all over the island. Hopefully, this will also create many jobs for the locals. Being a creative person, I also see potentials in items that aren’t fit for ware anymore. From those items I could run some workshops where I teach the locals how to alter and how to view clothes for their material only, rather than as a piece of clothing and recycle as much as possible.

I am super excited about this project and I know it would be life changing for the Island and its inhabitants. I am also partnering with my local church in Waingapu where those in need will be able to get clothing for free.


If you read this and would like to help and be part of this mission, please let me know.

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