UNIQLO pushes for sustainability & charity to champion global peace via creative workshop

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Global apparel retailer UNIQLO recently brought together refugees from Fugee School, Dignity for Children Foundation and Greater Action for a creative coaster making workshop at Lai Lai Art Studio. The workshop aimed to educate the public on the fundamentals of recycling and zero waste environment, as part of UNIQLO’s initiatives to progress towards a more sustainable society.

UNIQLO collaborates with Lai Lai Art Studio in charity t-shirt project

In partnership with the Lai Lai Art Studio, the creative workshop was held in conjunction with the recent launch of UNIQLO’s PEACE FOR ALL, an ongoing charity T-shirt project to support peace efforts around the world. At the workshop conducted by the founder of Lai Lai Art Studio, Alice Chang, the session saw 40 refugees from Fugee School, Dignity for Children Foundation and Greater Action creating mosaic coasters from used materials. Each of the coasters features mosaic art designed by the refugees, through the interpretation of what the vision of peace truly means to them.

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As part of the reopening of newly relocated UNIQLO’s branch outlet at One Utama Shopping Centre (Lot G102, F102, Level Ground and First Floor One Utama), UNIQLO is inviting Malaysians to shop for a good cause starting from 20th to 26th January 2023. The first 100 customers who purchase the PEACE FOR ALL T-shirts will receive the mosaic coaster. Through this activity, UNIQLO hopes to raise awareness in Malaysia on the plight of refugees and encourage the public to step up and help vulnerable groups.

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Proceeds from sales of t-shirts to go to international aid organisations

First introduced in June 2022, UNIQLO’s PEACE FOR ALL project’s goal is to support world peace. In collaboration with world-renowned leaders in art, design, literature, science, and sport, PEACE FOR ALL aims to raise funds through the sales of T-Shirts with designs expressing a desire for peace. As of September 2022, over 484,000 T-shirts were sold and US$1 million was raised for the cause.

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UNIQLO parent company, Fast Retailing, will donate 100% of the profit from sales of the t-shirts to three international aid organisations – UNHCR, Save The Children, and Plan International.

“At the heart of UNIQLO, we strive for not only sustainability but also providing assistance to those in need. Our workshop with Lai Lai Art Studio is a testament of UNIQLO’s efforts in shining a spotlight on refugees and the unfavorable circumstances that they are in.

With this campaign, every cent and helping hand counts,” said Evelyn Tan, Sustainability Director of UNIQLO Malaysia.

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Recent statistics from UNHCR show that the number of forcibly displaced people surged to 89.3 million globally, in which 36.5 million are children under 18 years old. The horrors in conflict zones are leaving a generation of children scarred, putting them in constant fear of being ripped away from their support networks in unfamiliar countries.

“With millions of people forced to flee from their homes, we are increasingly looking toward ways to better support the refugee communities.

As a company that provides everyday clothing for all, we consistently work to promote peace in their daily lives and will continue to aid forcibly displaced groups the best we can,” she adds.

For more information about UNIQLO and its sustainability initiatives, please visit UNIQLO’s official website here.

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