The recovery and reuse of materials or objects was initiated on a large scale in the 1950s by the social economy based actors; pursuing a humanitarian and / or social purpose.
The recovery, sorting, repair and recovery, within the social economy framework, make possible to offer job to many low-skilled workers. In addition, to reinject all the margins generated for social and humanitarian goals.
The presence of private operators, sometimes under a pseudo-humanitarian cover, is a source of confusion in the public. This is why RESSOURCES Federation set up the Solid’R label:
- To distinguish organizations that commit themselves, voluntarily, to comply with ethical rules and the social economy criteria by an independent certifying body.
- To distinguish the organizations playing with transparency.
Like this, the citizens wishing to donate their textiles, can do it knowing who are behind the binds, and with the goal to promote solidarity and social goals.