Old postmen uniforms given new lease of life
SingPost’s iconic blue uniforms previously worn by its Postal staff have been given a new lease of life as lifestyle products that members of the public can now purchase in its Re:Post project, an upcycling initiative in a bid to aid both the environment and community.
As a not-for-profit social enterprise, Social Gifting is very excited to be involved in SingPost's upcycling initiative and play our part to build a sustainable environment and inclusive society.
In SingPost's upcycling initiative, twenty-one Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) students and thirty-two volunteers spent over 80 hours working with seniors living alone to create these exquisite gifts. Thirty seniors spent more than 1,000 hours over two months to create 1,240 pieces of bottle carriers, tissue holders, coin pouches and toilet roll holders.
During the pandemic, seniors are not able to continue their routine, which is challenging for them. SingPost's upcycling initiative kept the seniors occupied and enabled us to check on them and share the latest covid news with them. Crafting also helped them to avoid social isolation and supported their mental wellbeing while improving fine motor skills.
Social Gifting is committed to supporting 6 out of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs build on the commitment of all countries to 'leave no one behind'. This global, inclusive pledge corresponds closely with the mission of Social Gifting.
The Singpost upcycling initiative has helped Social Gifting to achieve 2 SDGs goals:
- - Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production through repurposing old uniforms, reducing waste and supporting sustainable consumption and production.
- Goal 17 – Partnership by supporting collaboration and inclusive community. SingPost partnered with three social enterprises – Alfya Atelier, Our Barehands and Social Gifting X South West Community Development Council - to design and create new products from used postmen uniforms. This partnership reflects our desire to collaborate with organisations that share our vision and commitment to our society.
To read more on UN SDGs, please refer to https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
You can purchase the Re:Post products from our online store : https://shop.singpost.com/promotions/repost-charity-campaign.html