The Phuket Community Foundation (PCF) on Saturday December 3 launched its latest cooperative project, Linens for Life. Mrs. Mookda Limnukul from the Division of Community Development opened the ceremony.
The project, in association with the Accor Group of hotels, Sealed Air/Diversey of Singapore and the Kankaeha Rassada Credit Union (CU), takes used linens such as sheets, towels and uniforms from the hotels and converts them into clothing and bags.
The work is done by people from the local Rassada Community, thereby providing them with a source of revenue.
Stefan Phang, corporate social responsibility director of Sealed Air/Diversey, which makes a variety of cleaning materials and food packaging,provided funding to buy three industrial-weight sewing machines and local people in Rassada have been making bags and clothing over the past few weeks in anticipation of the launch.
Some of the clothing, including dresses and shirts, along with bags, was displayed during the launch at the CU, with a fashion show, followed by an auction that raised B8,500 for the project. The “Buzz”generated by the surprise auction led to some lively bidding.
The Linens for Life launch follows that of Soap for Hope in March this year, involving the same four partners.
The local people involved in Soap for Hope take used soap from Accor hotels, clean the soap bars using cleaning products from Diversey, chop them up, add natural ingredients for perfume, and press them into attractive new cakes of soap, which have been selling well in Phuket. Accor hotels have already bought more than a thousand cakes.
The CU is providing space for both projects at its spacious office building in Rassada.
Anyone wishing to enquire about buying soap, clothing or bags from the two projects can call Cindy Ratcliffe, the PCF’s manager, at 088 768 0650 or can email the PCF at firstname.lastname@example.org