Humana, 35 years working for a fairer and more sustainable planet


Since its birth, on July 30, 1987, Humana is, above all, the sum of the efforts of a team that works day by day to protect the environment and improve the living conditions of other people.

Origin and goals

Starting from the fight against Apartheid and from the knowledge of the reality of Sub-Saharan Africa acquired through his travels through different countries in the area, a group of people with a common desire lays the foundations of what today are the different organizations that are part of Humana People to People.

In 1977, the UFF, the first of these organizations, was created in Denmark. Over the next ten years, the Humanas of Norway, Sweden (both in 1979), Zimbabwe (1980), Guinea-Bissau (1981), Mozambique (1982), Zambia (1985), Austria, Angola (both in 1986) and Finland (1987). On July 30 of that same year, the Humana Association was born through its official registration in the Barcelona registry.

In September 1987, the first containers were placed on the street, a space was rented to classify clothes and in October the first store opened: it was in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, near Barcelona. During the first ten years the containers are made of wood. Today, the collection is carried out with state-of-the-art metal containers that guarantee high levels of usability and safety, while using specific management software for collection to volumetric sensors in certain containers.

Pioneers in selective waste collection

We can affirm without any doubt that clothing is the fraction that inaugurates the selective collection system for solid urban waste, behind the glass. Society's response to Humana's proposal – to give clothes a second life for a social purpose – is, from the beginning, very good. It must be taken into account that in Spain there was a long tradition of prolonging the life of garments: people were used to donating them to relatives or friends, so the appearance of the first containers dedicated to the selective collection of textiles constitutes a new way to promote reuse, with the added value of having a social purpose.

In 2002, the transformation of the Human Association into the current Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo began, in a process that culminated in 2010. The legal figure of the Foundation fits better with the nature of the organization since, for example, it enhances the protection of the environment between their ends.

Being faithful to our mission since 1987, we have grown year after year, knowing that there is always room to continue improving. We can affirm, without a doubt, that the organization has reached maturity as a Foundation, backed by solid values ​​and a high level of professionalism and commitment to society, consolidating itself as a relevant actor in the social economy. Everything learned and the experience accumulated during the pandemic have also reinforced the entity's structures, emerging stronger in organizational and financial aspects.

Some figures 1987-2021
  • 365,175 tons of used clothing collected, representing 2.22 million tons of CO2 not emitted into the atmosphere.
  • 34 million euros allocated to projects of international development cooperation, local support, social agriculture and awareness.
  • More than 3 million people involved in these projects.

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