Our success is based on our relationship with strong partners. For many years, we have enjoyed a relationship based on trust with the Swiss municipalities and the grassroots associations of the aid organisations involved with TEXAID. More and more cities, municipalities and charities are coming to rely on our skill and experience as textile recyclers.
Participating aid organisations
Six ZEWO-certified Swiss aid organisations have a 50 % share in TEXAID. They receive most of the proceeds from the sale of the textiles collected:
The Swiss Red Cross supports particularly disadvantaged people in Switzerland and abroad in the fields of health, search and rescue, social integration, disaster management and development cooperation. It is assisted by countless volunteers, employees and benefactors. With its five rescue organisations (Samaritans, Rega, SLRG, SMSV, REDOG), 24 cantonal associations and two institutions, the SRC enjoys a unique position in Switzerland. It forms part of a global network alongside 188 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.
Winterhilfe was founded in 1936 in an effort to eliminate poverty in Switzerland. Winterhilfe provides assistance all year round wherever it is not possible for people to benefit from public services. More than 16,000 people in Switzerland – most of them the working poor – receive support from Winterhilfe in emergency situations each year. The cantonal Winterhilfe offices pay urgent bills or provide material support in the form of beds, clothes and food coupons. Winterhilfe also offers a support programme for children. The share of TEXAID revenue received by Winterhilfe covers some of the costs of clothing packages given to people in need in Switzerland.
Solidar Suisse has been striving to create a socially, politically and economically fairer society ever since 1936. Solidar Suisse promotes fair working conditions, democratic participation and respect for human rights in developing and threshold countries. When disasters occur, Solidar provides humanitarian aid and assists with reconstruction, working closely with civil society organisations. Solidar Suisse organises campaigns to raise awareness among the Swiss public of the global interrelationships between poverty, fair work and consumer behaviour.
Caritas Switzerland helps people in need in Switzerland and in more than 40 different countries around the world. The solid network of regional Caritas offices provides practical help to people affected by poverty in the wealthy country of Switzerland, be it families, single parents, the unemployed or the working poor. Caritas also arranges volunteer work and looks after asylum-seekers and refugees. Worldwide, Caritas provides emergency aid following disasters and facilitates rapid reconstruction. Its development work is a valuable capacity building tool in fields such as education, water, ecology, combating hunger and human rights.
Kolping Switzerland is an international Catholic social organisation. Originally a society of journeymen, it is named after the priest and social reformer Adolph Kolping (1813-1865). Its guiding principle is to recognise and respond to the needs of the times. It aims to establish a basis and open up prospects for effective self-help in the long term. Kolping is represented in 60 countries and has 86 local groups in Switzerland (Kolping families).
The Relief Organisation of the Protestant Churches of Switzerland (HEKS) provides emergency humanitarian aid after natural disasters and during or after armed conflicts. Other priorities that form part of its development cooperation are combating the causes of poverty, hunger and social deprivation in Asia, Africa and Latin America, cooperating with churches and offering reconstruction assistance in Europe, providing refugee aid and helping socially disadvantaged people in Switzerland. HEKS encourages capacity building and develops feasible solutions in consultation with the people affected.
Grassroots organisations and charity partners
TEXAID receives active support for its collections in Switzerland from 16 regional Red Cross offices, over 400 Samaritans' associations, more than 40 Kolping families and many other local and national non-profit organisations and associations.
TEXAID and its subsidiary CONTEX work with various non-profit organisations which receive a share of the proceeds of used clothes collections, which they then put towards social projects.
The logo of the specific organisation which will benefit from each collection is displayed prominently on the TEXAID and CONTEX collection bins and bags so that people know which non-profit organisations will receive funds from the items collected.
- Samaritans' Association of Switzerland
- Spitex Association Switzerland
- Foundation for the Disabled – 'Places to Live'
- terre des hommes – children's aid worldwide
… and many more
Municipalities that work together with TEXAID appreciate:
- the daily management of the network of collection bins by TEXAID's professional logistics team using low-emission vehicles
- the optimised emptying cycles and rapid reaction times thanks to the computer-aided logistics system developed by TEXAID itself
- the transparent information about the purpose of the clothes collections indicated on every TEXAID bin
- the optimal collection method developed in association with partners
- the documented ecological and sustainable working methods
TEXAID collaborates with various foundations and associations and remunerates them for their services:
- Coordination textile Genevoise
- Eingliederungsstätte Baselland ESB
- Fachstelle Arbeitsintegration Region Bern
- Job-Transit Services
- Stiftung Behindertenbetriebe Uri
- Stiftung Business House
- Stiftung Wendepunkt
These specialist textile companies rely on TEXAID for recycling used textiles: