Our main objective is the development of cooperation and enviromental protection projects.
And that is why one of the main sources of funding comes from Humana's collecting, sorting, and selling of secondhand clothing and shoes. These activities promote sustainability and environmental friendliness, fulfilling our commitment to the 3 important "Rs" for environmental programs:
• Reduce the volume of clothing that goes to waste treatment facilities.
• Reuse the majority of clothing that's discarded.
• Recycle clothes that are in bad shape so that they can be transformed into other products.
How do we do it?
We collect used clothing and shoes in 5,000 containers throughout the regions of Andalusia, Asturias, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Comunidad Valenciana, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid, Islas Baleares, Navarra and La Rioja.
Every year, we collected approximately 18,000 tons of clothing and footwear.
We sort the clothing that's been placed in the containers. We currently have three sorting centers in: L'Ametlla del Vallès (Barcelona) and Leganés (Madrid).
Clothes that cannot be classified are sold directly to textile recycling companies.
The management process follows the EuRIC TEXTILES handling & sorting specifications for reuse and recycling of used textiles. Humana is part of EuRIC through the Spanish Federation of Recovery and Recycling.
Once sent to a center, the clothing goes through a classification process, performed by specialists in textile recycling. The clothing is then transformed into new products. Depending on the quality, the clothing is classified as follows (in approximate percentages):
• 14% of classified clothing goes to secondhand stores that Humana has in Spain.
• 40% of the classified clothing is sent to Africa to be sold at low prices to local merchants. This meets the demand of the countries, creates local economic activity, and generates local resources for development.
• Approximately 37,5% of the collected clothing cannot be reused as a garment and is therefore sold to textile recyclers.
• The remaining 8,5% is sent to waste treatment facilities, as it cannot be reused or recycled due to its quality.
Earmarking the proceeds for cooperation projects. With the funding generated from the clothing, we fund international cooperation projects in areas such as education, health, social integration, agriculture and rural development, and community development, among others. These projects are in Africa (Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe), America (Belize, Brazil, and Ecuador), and Asia (India, China and Laos).