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