Clean clothes are an important asset of a modern society. And clean clothes for everyone should be the norm.
The Beim Waschbuer “Solidarität” aims to provide the poorest (but not only) with clean clothes, for all tastes and all year round, absolutely free of charge.
The concept is quite simple to set up and consists of four steps.
1) The first step is to protect and wrap the old wash house in a nice plywood “box”. Connect the water and electricity to the place, put in a recessed ceiling light, some electrical outlets and water taps, some finishing touches. Nothing very complicated.
Floor, walls, ceilings will have to be carefully covered the time of the project and while waiting for a future restoration from the authorities… This participative work will be done by volunteers from Differdange and elsewhere.
2) Second step, the collection of washing machines;
The idea is to collect old washing machines in good working order throughout the city and to come and put them “in a row of onions” in the old wash house. I estimate a need for a dozen washing machines.
I am a citizen of Differdange and I don’t know what to do with my old washing machine stored in the basement of my house, so the Beim Waschbuer “Solidarität” is a place where I can now deposit it and make some people happy!
3) Third step, the collection of clothes;
At this stage of the project, the citizens of Differdange and elsewhere will be invited to sort out their closets and come to deposit the clothes that do not want anymore or have become too small at the washhouse.
These will then be collected by volunteers, washed, folded and then stored within the washhouse in shelves provided for this purpose.
4) Fourth step, “make people happy”!
In direct collection at the wash house or by sending for “special packages”.
Associations established locally or located abroad, large families, homeless people, thrift store enthusiasts and dropouts, the time of its installation, the Beim Waschbuer “Solidarität” will certainly make people happy in Differdange or elsewhere…
A real time electronic counter will be installed in the washery and will be able to give an idea of the weight of clothes collected and donated afterwards!
At the end of the “operation”, the washing machines will be given to people (association, private individual) who need them and the wood for the covering recycled for another project or given to the inhabitants.