by George Clark
A group of Craighead Diocesan School pupils want to recycle clothes – and complete the cycle by giving away half the profits to benefit the community.
Young Enterprise Scheme business The Green Street was created early this year by year 12 pupils Te Ata Kohu Mills-McMahon, Alex Butler-Baird, Harriet Duffield, Jessie Dawbin, Fah Surarit and Madison Williams.
The company intends to sell second-hand clothing online and give a portion of its profit back to the community but was disrupted by Covid-19.
Communication manager Harriet said their vision was to produce an online second-hand clothing store based in New Zealand.
“We wanted people to donate clothes to us and from there we would sell the goods online for a fraction of the retail price,” she said.
“However, moving forward, we decided we would like to donate 50% of our profits to a charity and ended up going with Mid South Island Women’s Refuge and Family Safety Services.”
They were in the process of finalising their partnership, and Women’s Refuge was an inspiring charity, Harriet said.
“Women’s Refuge is very helpful and generous towards women and families in our community and as a group we wanted to promote that.”
The group hoped to give every piece of clothing a second chance.
“We have had over 400 garments donated, sorted, washed and pressed since around May.
“The surrounding Timaru community have been very generous in regards to promoting our start-up business, offering advice and donating clothes.”
So far The Green Street has had a successful run with the Young Enterprise Scheme, winning the first challenge of regional validation.
The pupils hope to launch their website soon.