Clothing Bin Cult

clothing bin cult's clothes recycling bin with "gaia" and "Campus California" labels

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Campus California is not a charity that donates clothing to needy people...

They sell the clothing that is desirable, and shred the rest to sell as bulk fiber.

Funds derived from these sales are supposedly used to educate "teachers" and send them to needy third world countries.

However, there is a tremendous amount of doubt that the expenses claimed come close to the vast fortunes raised.

A news investigation showed that most donations went to a variety of recipients that coincidentally used the same, single address.

Their teachers and/or schools are wrought with controversy, with principles and practices that have little resemblance to any standard education facility in the world.

If that is not bad enough to warrant further investigation before donating, there is an extensive history of criminal investigations and convictions going back decades.


Please consider the risk, real or imagined by performing at least a cursory investigation of your own...

Make certain that your charitable recipient is both real and local. Call a local church, temple, city hall, chamber of commerce or any other source for referrals to legitimate non-profits.

Many charities such as the Goodwill Society and Saint Vincent de Paul will come pick up your valuable goods. They will even give you a receipt based on the value of your gift for a bona fide tax deduction for your charitable act.

Otherwise, the only way the needy people around the world you are thoughtfully considering will ever wear your donated items is if they buy them in a store.

A wolf in sheep's clothing... (bins)


2013 update:

Amdi Peterson, the man behind the collective group of charitable entities that comprise "Clothing Bin Cult"

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Charity Review

BBB Charity StandardsBBB Charity Review Rating of Campus California / Humana / Tvind

Campus California

"Did Not Disclose"

1081 Essex Ave
Richmond, CA 94801 (no link)

BBB Comment:

This charitable organization either has not responded to written BBB requests for information or has declined to be evaluated in relation to BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Charity participation in BBB review is voluntary. However, without the requested information, it is not possible to determine whether this charity adheres to all of the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. The BBB encourages charities to disclose accountability information beyond that typically included in financial statements and government filings, in order to demonstrate transparency and strengthen public trust in the charitable sector.


Mayor of Sedro-Woolley, Washington demands removal of USAgain donation boxes after realizing that the company was a "For Profit" entity - and NOT a charity.


These clothing "donation" bins have been getting shuffled from one location to another for years. Nothing has changed, although it appears that many of them have been re-branded (by replacing the "gaia" logo with "Campus California"). As soon as a business owner or the local county code enforcement official demands removal, the bins are surreptitiously moved to a new unsuspecting owner's property - most often in the dead the night.

In an unprecedented move, Gaia beneficiaries have created a multi-multi-million dollar compound in Baja, Mexico like that which Jim Jones would have built at "Jonestown" had he possessed the money that Gaia is taking in. With the false facade and evasive staff, it looks and feels like something out of a James Bond movie, only there is no possibility of a real-life superhero to defeat a potential evil supervillain with unlimited funding. (Jonestown was the popular name for the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, an international community in northwestern Guyana formed by the Peoples Temple, an American cult led by Jim Jones.)

Recently, the government of France investigated Gaia & company and determined that they were indeed a bona fide cult. The Belgian government believes the same.

Gaia has a store where they sell a tiny portion of donated clothing at 1318 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Surprisingly, the street address is all but invisible on the Internet, which is surprising in relation to the massive online campaign they employ worldwide.

According to the Polish media, Humana Poland is now
under the control of right wing activists.


A recent drive up El Camino Real on the San Mateo Peninsula showed that these bins have been placed everywhere; perhaps less than a mile apart. The manager at a well-known burrito restaurant approved placing a bin there, though he thought the "charity" was named "Gala" (see below).

Also, large trucks are arriving as often as every 48 hours at any hour of the day or night to remove clothing donated by volumes of unsuspecting donors. The dollar value must be immense - what a shame it does not go to legitimate charities!

Poul Joergensen, the Teachers Group lawyer and close friend of Amdi Peterson was convicted of fraud and sentenced to two plus years in jail.


My personal "Gaia" / Tvind / Campus California TG experience:

One day in mid 2006, my work led me to a very expensive house demolition. The house was a multimillion dollar home vacated by wealthy residents who left behind a volume of fine clothing including pants, shirts, sweaters, coats, and a volume of other items for both men and women.

I could not stand to see the clothing be trashed by the approaching bulldozers so I grabbed what I could: two packed SUV's full that I went to donate to the Goodwill Store as I have done so many times in the past. They were closed, and I did not want to hang onto everything over night, when I noticed a green clothing donation bin that was literally not there only days before.

I inspected the notes on the bin and saw the name "gala" [G - A - L - A; that is G A "EL" A] which I Googled [gala clothing donations] before dropping off the clothes. I found no results which was strange, but no negatives indicated nothing negative.

Literally as I shut the lid on the last of the clothes into the clothing recycling bin (which I filled), I thought that it might perhaps be a reference to "Gaia" written on the logo.  That is to say G - A - I - A as in G A "eye" A! This is a reference to the mythological figure of a nurturing "Earth Mother."

clothing bin cult's intentionally misleading "gala" logo (should be "gaia")

I Googled that name [Gaia clothing donations] and instantly found a volume of negative information. It was an epiphany; a revelation that I had just wasted more than 500 to 1,000 pounds of clothes (their method of valuation) to profit this lowlife trash at something like 15 cents per pound made me sick.

Clearly, this "organization" has intentionally created a misleading logo that would fool any given unsuspecting donor with good intentions and a closet full of old clothes. After all, it is so "pretty" and official-looking, how could anyone get away with anything so blatant and out in the open?

clothing bin cult's charity status

I called several businesses referenced as drop off bin locations on the CULT's own website and none knew how or why the bins appeared. One Round Table Pizza Parlor manager mentioned that he left work late one night, and the clothing recycling bin was just sitting there the next morning when he drove into the parking lot. None of his business neighbors had any more knowledge than he did...

I tried to get my clothes back so I could donate them to the local Goodwill or Salvation Army stores, but the bin was already empty as I approached while the crew was opening it only two days later. They must come every day or close to it.  The volume of clothing deposited by unsuspecting fraud victims was huge in every case I witnessed.

I asked seven different drivers who picked up the clothes recycling with giant rented trucks just how much money went to charity, and they uniformly mentioned "98 to 99 percent!"

I also asked the purpose of the charity, and they all said they helped "cure AIDs and build schools in places where they were needed."

Their answers were as "canned" as they were false.  Maybe they believed what they were saying, being as fooled as the general public.

clothing bin cult's claims

I called the actual company (companies) to investigate, but they would provide little information of substance; they did however, offer to take my name and number for someone to get back to me... Of course I did not, nor should you give them your personally identifiable contact information.

The simplicity and design of this scam must be seriously detracting from legitimate charitable organizations such as Goodwill Industries or the Salvation Army. You could always sell your unwanted clothes on eBay or other Internet site and donate cash for a tax-deductible write off.

Please do not, under any circumstance place anything in those green clothing donation bins except maybe your garbage!


Additional references:
An investigative website into the Humana People-to-People organization and the international Tvind movement.

Chicago Times Tribune
The green bins of Gaia (article deleted)
"Gaia's clothing collection business flourishes in Chicago, but its promises to promote the environment are questionable. Meanwhile, the organization's leaders are under criminal indictment in Europe."

Sonoma News
Bins fund Siskiyou nonprofit

Pioneer Press, Fort Jones, CA, Wednesday, May 9, 2001
Cult-like group’s offices raided by police

Journalist Kari Lydersen
Gaia: Opening the Box

Journalist Kari Lydersen
Gaia: Opening the Box

Journalist Kari Lydersen
Gaia: Opening the Box


Planet Aid is run by Teachers Group member Torben Soe.  His wife, Birgit Soe, runs a nearly identical company based in the West Midlands, Green World Recycling.    Both are linked to a TG registered charity DAPP UK, and to the CICD school near Hull

Draw your own conclusions:



* You are welcome to use this information in whole or in part as long as you please reference this website.

* There are no links to the cult's actual website(s) to prevent benefiting them in any possible way. If you must, you should have no trouble finding them using the names referenced.


According to a recent statement by Danish police, the group has estimated worldwide assets of $860 million.

planet aid: part of a massive fraud

Sample related organization names:

  • Planet Aid
  • USAgain
  • Tvind
  • Teachers Group
  • GAIA
  • Campus California
  • Fairbank, Cooper & Lyle Ltd.
  • CCTG
  • Humana
  • Humana UK
  • Humana Poland
  • People-to-People
  • Teachers Group
  • Gaia-Movement
  • Gaia-Movement USA
  • Living Earth Green World Action
  • IICD
  • Institute for International Cooperation and Development
  • CICD
  • College for International Co-operation and Development
  • Millennium Bank
  • Tor-Pal
  • Challacombe Trading
  • The Traveling Folk High School
  • GVEP International (Global Village Energy Partnership)

"Gaia Movement Living Earth Green World Action"
1318 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 645-0806

Known Associates:

  • Amdi Petersen; founder of Tvind, undisputed leader of the Teachers Group
  • Helle Lund; president of Gaia
  • Torben Soe; Teachers Group member, runs Planet Aid
  • Sebastian Mecfal;
  • Poul Joergensen; the Teachers Group lawyer
  • Dorthe Joergensen, married to Poul Joergensen, found guilty of fraud and jailed in Denmark in 2009


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