Dig through wardrobe and donate
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.