48 MILLION DOLLARS. That was the total 2014 operating revenue for Planet Aid, one of the Tvind Teachers Group’s five used clothes collecting companies in the US.
Yes, you read that right: $48 million – according to Planet Aid’s official accounts for 2014. The millions in profit after expenses are tax-free.
Six of Planet Aid’s seven board members are members of the Teachers Group (TG), the controlling body of the broader Tvind organisation.
Five are veteran TG members: the Danes Mikael Norling, Ester Neltrup, Jytte Martinussen and Eva Nielsen; one Swede: Fred Olsson.
The other two on the board are Clifford Reeves and Alfred Besa, the latter of whom is a low-ranking TG member from Africa.
The TG has four other organisations collecting used clothes in the US: the for-profit company ‘USAgain’, and the nonprofits ‘Gaia Movement USA’, ‘Recycle for Change’ (formerly known as ‘Campus California’) and ‘One World Center’ (formerly known as ‘IICD’). All five use a TG-owned sales broker, ‘Garson and Shaw,’ a for-profit company based in Atlanta, Georgia.