Campus California has been an active non-profit organization since 2000. Our work over the past decade has contributed to teaching over 300 people from dozens of countries to do a variety of development work in Africa and Central America by working to combat poverty and help those most affected by global climate change. Looking forward we are committed to continuing this piece of our mission and incorporating innovative programs to help California reach its waste reduction goals.
The clothing collection program that began as our main source of fundraising in 2003, is now reporting diversion of thousands of tons of textiles from the waste stream every year. In the field of textile reuse, we beileve that people want to do the right thing, but they need an easy and convenient way to do it. We work with local governments to promote textile recycling as part of their overall waste reduction plan, and are working to improve local rules and regulations to allow for more transparency.
We create long term, sustainable jobs locally and contribute to the growth of the reuse recycling industry nationwide. The presence of clothing boxes at many schools around the Bay Area helps the next generation to see from concept to practical solution the effects of reuse and recycling. There are also social changes that come from used clothing as an industry. In many countries in Sub Saharan Africa up to 60% of the small business owners involved in the used clothing trade are women. This is a big change that gives women power over their lives and confidence that we hope will lead to more gender equality in all aspects of the society.