Alliance with diakonia Munich

After eight years of good work together, diakonia secondhand in Munich has extended its cooperation with the textile and recycling company ReSales Apolda. This was sealed with a donation of 5,000 euros. 
Until now ReSales alone had provided the eleven collection banks in Munich - with all associated services, such as maintenance and repair of the banks. In addition, ReSales will now sort, prepare and process the old clothes in its factory in Apolda. 
During the past eight years, diakonia has developed from a small second-hand shop into a social undertaking with five shops in Munich. There up to 400 tonnes of clothing are sorted each year. This is so much that its own sorting and sales capacities no longer suffice. 
"We can only use a fraction of the collected clothing ourselves. We don't have the capacity to deal with everything ourselves. So we need partners like ReSales, who use the goods in the interests of our customers", says Dieter Sommer, manager of diakonia. Therefore, diakonia gives the clothing it is unable to sell in its own shops or hand out in the clothes issue of the internal mission to ReSales. For diakonia, ReSales is a reliable cooperation partner, which reuses the surplus textiles purposefully and works to the guidelines of the "FairWertung" umbrella association.
Among other things, ReSales uses the used clothing to make dustcloths for industry, decorators' non-wovens and house moving covers. "We work to an ecological idea and provide a good job for a total of 600 people", explains Elmar Rehm of ReSales. The company has sufficient capacity and is pleased to accept all that diakonia secondhand offers. "We want to reuse, reccyle and ecologically process." said Elmar Rehm at the cheque handover. "diakonia does very valuable work. We want to support it."
With the sale of the collected clothing, diakonia funds jobs for the disabled. "We create jobs for people who otherwise wouldn't have a chance", explains Dieter Sommer. Munich especially needs a varied employment market, which is politically correct and ecologically useful. So at diakonia there are workflows, in which people can be deployed according to their capability. "We also allow people to switch after three hours, if they tire easily", explained Sommer. Text: Anna-Katharina Hampel (17.10.2012)