February 15, 2016

Uniqlo and ABS-CBN Foundation's Upcycling Project

Committed to empower women, Uniqlo sealed an agreement with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation last year to give livelihood to the women of the community in Southville 7 Calauan, Laguna. Under the partnership are two projects called “Upcycling” and “Recycling”. In Upcycling, Uniqlo donated scrap denim materials to ALKFI-BayaNiJuan, a program that caters the community of Southville 7. 
In photo L-R: Leah Bautista (ALKFI-BNJ OIC), Susan Afan (ALKFI Central Fundraising Director), Gina Lopez and Katsumi Kubota (Uniqlo Chief Operating Officer), 

The sewers of the community conceptualized, designed, and created new items out of the given materials which Uniqlo bought to be used as their corporate giveaways. 

A Uniqlo pair of jeans, a denim bag made by the women of Southville 7, from the altered jeans of customers.

For the past five years, Uniqlo has been placing recycling boxes in each of their stores where customers can donate their clothes that they no longer want to use. The collected clothes was donated to ALKFI, and is being used by ALKFI’s different program to their community outreach projects and other related activities.

Katsumi Kubota (Uniqlo Chief Operating Officer) proudly said, “What Uniqlo and ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation in common, is we are able to provide dignity for people. Hoping to inspire and equip women, for them to have this livelihood, for them to learn.”


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