A dossier on the Tvind Teachers Group. Are Humana People-to-People, Planet Aid, the Gaia Movement and DAPP siphoning off cash through tax havens? Is it a cult?

A dossier on the Tvind Teachers Group. Are Humana People-to-People, Planet Aid, the Gaia Movement and DAPP siphoning off cash through tax havens? Is it a cult?

Used clothes

Fact file: Humana People-to-People

Humana People-to-People (HPP) is a ‘development charity’ founded in the 1970s by Amdi Petersen and the original members of the Tvind Teachers Group. It collects used clothing — ‘for foreign aid and environment projects’ — using volunteers recruited through Tvind... read more

News: Planet Aid’s 2014 revenue was $48 million

48 MILLION DOLLARS. That was the total 2014 operating revenue for Planet Aid, one of the Tvind’s five used clothes collecting companies in the US. Yes, you read that right: $48 million

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Humana People-to-People wears ‘new clothes’ in Holland

Tvind is wearing ‘new clothes’ in the Netherlands.  Its previous used clothing collection organisation in the country, Humana Netherlands, had been having problems with Dutch authorities.

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“Planet Aid legal action will swamp USA with bins”

The Los Angeles Times reports on legal action being taken by Planet Aid against several US cities, which it says could lead to communities being ‘swamped’ by unwanted charity collection bins

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Opinion: Tvind companies’ recycling and environmental claims don’t add up

Planet Aid, USAgain, Gaia Movement USA, and other Tvind-linked used clothes collectors trumpet that they divert discarded garments and other textiles from landfills.  But do they really?  The global used clothing trade is reportedly worth billions annually.  If Tvind... read more

How the Teachers Group profits from used clothes

The Teachers Group is possibly the world’s largest collector of used clothing.  But where do the millions in profits from these operations end up?  Our research strongly suggests that a large percentage of it goes into the TG’s offshore accounts.  Then it’s used to buy property or invest in business.  Like organised financial criminals, the TG has invested in ‘legitimate business’ to disguise the source of its wealth.

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‘The Truth Behind USAgain Donation Bins’

A Seattle news investigation into USAgain, a Teachers Group-run used clothing company.  USAgain CEO, Mattias Wallander, admitted he’s a Teachers Group member. 

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My story: “I created front companies and fake letterheads”

A former Tvind employee in Amsterdam reveals how the group creamed off profits from Humana People-to-People and moved the funds into offshore accounts.

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Media report: Boxed In? Planet Aid in the US “not a cult”

A 2005 article from Kansas City Pitch.  “Planet Aid started in the United States in 1997 and now has about 4,500 collection bins in the Northeast and Midwest; many more have been set up in Canada and Europe….”

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Tvind ‘systematically’ deceives clothing donors

August 2002: The Danish newspaper Berlingske reported on how the Tvind Teachers Group, supposedly helping the Third World’s poor, defrauds people who in good faith drop their used clothes into Tvind’s collection bins throughout Europe.

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