Above, women in impoverished countries use donated fabric from M25 Ministries to sew and proudly display items of clothing. Donated fabric from Orbus will be used similarly.
Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers of display, exhibit and event solutions, announces its recent partnership with international humanitarian group Matthew 25: Ministries. The partnership furthers Orbus’ environmental protection and recycling efforts, as well as helping to provide resources for those that are less fortunate.
Matthew 25: Ministries is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization that is focused around fulfilling Matthew 25:34-40 of the New Testament, by providing nutritional food to the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, affordable shelter to the homeless, medical care to the ill and humanitarian supplies to those in need. Matthew 25: Ministries also places an emphasis on educating the public on the conditions and needs of the poorest of the poor, and providing resources for action. They accomplish this through the rescue and reuse of excess products from corporations and manufacturers, with these product donations becoming the building blocks that encourage individuals to help themselves and make their lives and their communities more sustainable.
Orbus was referred to Matthew 25: Ministries by the company’s fabric supplier, Aberdeen Fabrics of North Carolina, when the need arose to productively remove scrap fabric from Orbus’ Las Vegas facility. With more than 13 tons of recyclable fabric coming out of the Las Vegas facility in 2015 alone, a great opportunity arose to keep the fabric out of landfills and put to good use. To begin, Orbus donated a truckload of scrap fabric to Matthew 25: Ministries, and plans for regular donations as the companies move into 2017.
Matthew 25: Ministries takes donated fabric, such as that from Orbus, and distributes it to partners for use in vocational schools, where participants develop marketable skills; to organizations that encourage women to create clothing or other fabric-based items that can be sold for income, and to sewing circles or community groups where quilts, blankets, curtains, clothing and more are created. The majority of fabric donated to Matthew 25: Ministries is shipped internationally, with some being donated to domestic partners.
“Matthew 25: Ministries is very grateful for the developing fabric donation partnership with Orbus,” said Mark Stehlin, part of the Corporate Donations and Disaster Response Teams at Matthew 25: Ministries. “We are thrilled that the company is helping those in need to further their lives, as well as those of their families, through the simple donation of fabric that is no longer needed.”
The benefits from Orbus’ partnership with Matthew 25: Ministries are twofold – the company is able to adhere to its ISO 14001:2008 standard for recycling and environmental protection through the donation of fabric that would have otherwise been sent to a landfill, while simultaneously participating in a worldwide effort to enhance and increase the quality of life for those less fortunate.
Orbus’ supply and manufacturing facilities reside in Woodridge, IL and Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit www.orbus.com. For more information on Matthew 25: Ministries, contact Joodi Archer at Matthew 25: Ministries (513) 793-6256 or visit www.m25m.org.