Our History - Traid

Our History

From selling second-hand to revolutionising retail

Traid emerged at the end of the 90s against a backdrop of grunge t-shirts, neon rave gear and brit pop parkas, initially with four charity shops and a mission to fight global poverty.

Over the course of the next twenty years, while our customers donated clothes and shopped second-hand, we opened more shops across London and narrowed our fundraising focus to support the people and places that create the fashion we love. We’ve been working hard on that ever since.


Traid launches as a UK registered charity with four charity shops and 700 clothing banks, with the aim of raising funds to fight global poverty by collecting clothes to reuse and resell. We fund four international development projects in our first year.


Traid founds the ethical fashion label TRAIDremade producing garments exclusively from damaged textiles.


Traid launches an education programme aimed at people of all ages to increase textile reuse and raise environmental awareness.


We expand our charitable objectives to include our work of protecting the environment and the education of people in relation to clothes.


We fund our first fashion related project to support the people that make our clothes.


Traid develops its funding criteria focusing exclusively on projects working ‘to free the textile supply and production chain from the exploitation of people and the environment’.


We launch our free home collection service initially partnering with 4 London councils and later expanding the service to cover all London boroughs, collecting 125 tonnes of clothing in our first year of operation.


We become a partner signatory to Textiles 2030 to transform and limit the impact of the fashion and textiles industries on people and the planet.


Today we’re proud to continue our mission to change fashion for the better and to make second-hand clothing the first, most normal choice over new.

With the most efficient sorting facilities in the country, charity shops on high streets in London, as well as pop-ups all over the country with Charity Super.Mkt, we’re one of London’s best loved charity retailers.

To date, we’ve put over 233 million garments back into use, saving 628,638 tonnes of CO2 and 106.6 million m3 of water – and counting. We have spent over £7.5 million supporting 50 projects in over 30 countries around the world.