A crafty collection with Binti

“Binti” means “young lady” in Swahili, “daughter of” in Arabic, and “request” in Punjabi. Working within the UK and abroad, Binti is a charity with the mission to provide menstrual dignity to all girls, all over the world. This means facilitating access to pads, educating girls about what menstruation is and what to expect, whilst dispelling stigma, taboos, myths and negative perceptions around menstruation. Headquartered in the UK, they currently run projects in India, Kenya, Swaziland and the U.S, as well as here within the UK.


How are Abel & Cole getting involved?

One of the amazing things Binti do is enable local women across India to run their own franchise by making and selling reusable fabric menstrual pads.  With access to this cost-effective reusable option, women and girls are able to save money, prevent single-use waste entering the environment whilst investing in sustainable jobs that empower women in their own communities. Any offcuts of fabric that cannot be used in making these pads are also repurposed into tactile teaching aids.

Here at Abel & Cole, we believe sustainability is at the heart of what we do, and know our customers are a caring, crafty bunch. With this in mind, we’re asking you to have a declutter and donate your unwanted fabric scraps and offcuts to help these women  make more of what so many need. For practicality reasons, we only ask that these offcuts are clean, unused and made of natural fibres


So, how do I donate?

We like your enthusiasm! Printed on this week’s newsletter inside your box you’ll find a tag. Simply  pop your donation in a bag to protect from the elements with the tag clearly attached, and leave it with your empties in the usual place for your driver to collect the following week (you may also want to give us a call and let us know – just in case!). We’ll be collecting until the 15th of February, where they’ll then be sent along to Binti for the next part of their upcycling journey.  Make sure you get yours out in time!

What are we looking for?
Yes please!
Offcuts of clean, unused natural fabrics from your craft stash (eg. Cottons). Even small scraps can make a difference – as long as they fit inside a carrier bag. Got something bigger? Contact our Customer Team to let them know and we can make arrangements to collect them from you.

No thank you...
Old clothing, rags, soft furnishings, soiled/used fabric, synthetics (lycra, nylon etc.)


Misplaced your tag? Get in touch with our Customer Team for a printer-friendly download. 

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