The Circle of Fashion

Our wardrobe shouldn’t cost the Earth

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The fashion industry is among the biggest contributors to waste on the planet. And, the society & youth are little equipped to deal with the impact of overconsumption of clothes, textiles.
There are roughly 40 million garment workers today, 85% of them women, who are some of the lowest-paid workers in the world. Not to mention it’s also a major contributor to greenhouse gases, water, and air pollution and creates problematic levels of waste.
Unfortunately, the affordability &  accessibility of fast fashion come at a high price for the planet, especially for those who make it. 
The problem does not lie in clothing.
We need to change people’s habits, attitudes, and behaviour towards clothing consumption. Sure, the world reacts to the problem, but it still is not even nearly enough. That is why this project was created “The Circle of Fashion” (CoF).

Active Youth Association

Active Youth Association is a Lithuania-based, non-governmental, and not-for-profit organisation that unites young leaders, thinkers, and doers. The organisation aims to be at the forefront‌ ‌of‌ ‌organisations‌ ‌creating‌ ‌an‌ ‌inclusive‌ ‌&‌ ‌sustainable‌ ‌life‌ ‌for‌ ‌communities‌ globally creating ‌opportunities‌ ‌for‌ ‌the youth‌ ‌and‌ making a sustainable‌ ‌positive‌ ‌impact‌ ‌in‌ ‌treating‌ ‌our‌ ‌planet,‌ ‌health,‌ vulnerable‌ ‌people‌ ‌&‌ ‌online‌ ‌community.‌

Active Youth works on international projects and cooperates with organisations of similar profile from all over the world to organise events and training using non-formal education and encourage the youth to play an active role in society. By doing this, the organisation aims at improving youngsters’ skills, sharing experiences and ideas, integrating them within the multinational environment of the EU, and increasing their social awareness.

Specifically, Active Youth focuses on four main topics: sustainability, health, the inclusion of vulnerable people, and digital literacy. Thus, the international projects, youth exchanges, events, training courses, and activities the organisation implements and promotes are usually concerned with these themes, which also constitute the organisation’s sub-brands, namely:  Active Youth Planet (AYp), Active Youth Health (AYh), Active Youth Human (AYhu), and Active Youth Click (AYc).


Gerakan Kerelawanan Internasional ( GREAT ) or International Voluntary Service Movement is a non-government organization, which organizes international voluntary service in Indonesia. It was established on the 22nd of August 2015 with its base in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia.

It consists of a long term dedicated volunteers who believe that through this movement, it gives the opportunity to all youth without exceptions and discrimination to access education, experience, etc; by with the growth as the agent of change in their respective life. We are highly committed to spreading the spirit of international voluntary service with a strong determination and hard work to aim our vision and mission.

GREAT nurtures well partnership with other organizations or institutions both local/national and international to work together on this movement. Our works are through development of the volunteering programs such as International Work Camp and other Short Term Volunteering (STV) programs as well as Long & Middle Term Volunteering (LMTV). Both STV and LMTV host international volunteers in projects in Indonesia and send Indonesian volunteers abroad.

Mottos of GREAT are “think globally, act locally” and “individually we change ourselves. together we change the world.

Kompetenta Unga

Kompetenta Unga is a Sweden-based NGO that unites young locals and internationals, thinkers and doers, those who seek change and those who make a change. Our goal is to create opportunities to develop & raise competencies for groups and communities in need. KU has grown up from an informal youth group organising various youth empowerment events in Sweden and abroad. The main staff of the organization are working with youth and environment-related issues in Halland, Gothenburg and abroad for more than 3 years already. Also, KU unites more than 20 volunteers, who are keen to organise/participate in our activities. 

Mainly, the organization aims to raise awareness of the EU values and its educational programs; promote self-fulfilment and personal development of young people through educational programs of the EU; raise awareness about the environmental impact of fast fashion, single-use items; promote active participation of young people with fewer opportunities and to develop different ways to ensure their impact on the local community by using non-formal education and intercultural learning methods; provide volunteering opportunities for young people to develop their skills & competencies by making a positive impact on society.

Cambodian Youth Action

CYA is a voluntarism-based organization where all of our staff are working voluntarily toward our vision and mission. We are a non-profit, nongovernmental organization legally registered with the Ministry of Interior of the Royal Government of Cambodia.


We are the first work camps providing organization in Cambodia which belongs to the International Voluntary Service (IVS) network as a member of NVDA and CCIVS and a partner of SCI and ALLIANCE of European Voluntary Services. CYA is a full member of the Network for Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA) since 2012. CYA has been a full member of the Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) since 2014. CYA has been a partner of Service Civil International (SCI) (with its 40 branches around the world)  since 2012, a partner of ALLIANCE of European Voluntary Service Organisations since 2017.

We host our international and Cambodian volunteers in 5 project sites which are run in cooperation with local community: 1) CYA Learning Centre (CLC) for non-formal learning is the most prominent site of CYA; 2) global Education Center (GEC) in Siem Reap is another non-formal education center; 3) 24 September School (24 SEP) for non-formal education; 4) Chea Smon E-Learning Center (Chea Smon School (CSS)) where we cooperate with local elementary school; 5)  an environmental conservation project in cooperation with Trapaing Sangke Eco-Tourism Fishing Community (TFC) to plant, seed and maintain the mangrove.

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