Edinburgh-based shopping app Mallzee has launched Lost Stock clothing boxes to tackle fast fashion's transparency problem. Mallzee fills the boxes with cancelled clothing orders from brands like Topshop, New Look, and Urban Outfitters, and the proceeds from sales supports garment workers fighting the coronavirus, while reducing new season clothing from ending up in landfill.
Major retailers like Arcadia Group, New Look, Debenhams, and Sports Direct are only a few brands that have cancelled over £1.6 million in clothing orders. Last-minute order cancellation by Western retailers — many from the United Kingdom — has left millions of garment workers unpaid, starving, and vulnerable to sickness from the coronavirus
Mallzee partnered with Bangladesh NGO Sajida Foundation to launch Lost Stock clothing boxes to ensure payment for garment workers and avoid new clothes going to landfill. The foundation promises that with each purchase of a £35 Lost Stock clothing box, proceeds go directly toward garment workers and their families to provide a food and hygiene package that supports a family for one week.