There’s money in old duds

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Sally Hine

Re­cy­cling sec­ond­hand goods and cloth­ing has be­come a boom­ing busi­ness for Auck­land char­i­ties.

Over the last two years the Auck­land Mercy Hospice has raised $1 mil­lion from the four stores it has around the cen­tral city.

Pon­sonby store man­ager Maria Baird says or­gan­i­sa­tions like Hospice have the in­creased aware­ness sur­round­ing re­cy­cling to be thank­ful for.

“Our prof­its have lit­er­ally dou­bled in a year, which is in part due to peo­ple bring­ing things in more.

“Peo­ple feel less in­clined to throw things away th­ese days be­cause ev­ery­one is talk­ing about re­cy­cling,” she says.

In ad­di­tion to the growth in re­cy­cling, Mrs Baird says re­cy­clable cloth­ing has also be­come fash­ion­able and there is no longer a stigma about items that are sec­ond­hand.

“I think that re­cy­cled cloth­ing has had a re­vival which has come hand in hand with re­cy­cling be­com­ing the done thing.

“So that’s great for us,” she says.

The Sal­va­tion Army store in Bal­moral has also seen an in­creased profit be­cause of a growth in do­na­tions, says man­ager Makerita Wil­son.

For the last year Bal­moral res­i­dent Kate Webby has started do­nat­ing her old clothes and other house­hold items.

She says this is some­thing she would not have done in the past.

“A few years ago I never would have thought twice about throw­ing out all my old things.

“But now it feels wrong not to re­cy­cle since it’s be­come such a world­wide is­sue.”

The Mercy Hospice is plan­ning to open two more stores within the year to take ad­van­tage of the grow­ing in­ter­est in re­cy­cled goods. – Sally Hine is an AUT

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Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Prof­itable threads: Pon­sonby Hospice store man­ager Maria Baird says an in­creased aware­ness in re­cy­cling has led to more money be­ing raised for the char­ity.

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