Dig through wardrobe and do­nate

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THE hum­ble op shop now has its of­fi­cial week on the na­tional cal­en­dar.

Last week was the in­au­gu­ral Na­tional Op Shop Week with its pur­pose to en­cour­age Aus­tralians to do­nate the mil­lions of dol­lars worth of un­used cloth­ing and other items tak­ing up space in homes around the coun­try.

Op shop­ping is in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity due to tough eco­nomic times and peo­ple are hold­ing on to items for longer which means do­na­tions are not keep­ing up with de­mand in some parts of Aus­tralia.

Op Shop Week en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to clear out un­wanted items from around the home and do­nate them to their op shop.

Cloth­ing should be clean, un­dam­aged, folded and packed in sturdy boxes or bags.

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Char­i­ta­ble Re­cy­cling Or­gan­i­sa­tions’ find­ings re­veal 60 mil­lion kilo­grams of us­able cloth­ing a year is do­nated through char­ity bins and do­na­tions. A fur­ther 15 mil­lion kilo­grams of do­nated tex­tiles are con­verted into in­dus­trial wiper cloths.

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