A chance to recycle your wardrobe
I’ve often nipped to the large clothing banks located on the car parks of my local supermarkets and fed them bags and bags ... and bags! My problem is that I hoard – just in case an item comes back into fashion or my derriere will someday fit into the bargain of the year that unsurprisingly was left on the department store shelf, just waiting for me to come along and give it a loving home, five years ago.
My local clothing bank belongs to The Salvation Army who welcome unwanted clothing and offer recycling banks, doorto-door collections and charity shops as drop-off points. www. salvationarmy.co.uk
To try to counteract the estimated £140 million worth (350,000 tonnes) of used clothing going into landfill every year, department stores have been teaming up with charities, offering some fabulous opportunities to save some money on your next purchase.
Marks & Spencer – Shwopping!
Shwopping is about bringing an unwanted item of clothing into a Marks & Spencer store (even if it’s not from M& S) each time you come to buy something new. You can put your unwanted items into a ‘Shwop Drop’ box (you’ll find these by the tills in most M& S stores). All clothing goes to their partners, Oxfam, and they’ll resell it in one of their shops or on the Oxfam Online shop, sell it to be reused in different countries around the world, or recycle the fibres to make new material (which can be used by businesses like M& S, for example, as mattress filling). Absolutely nothing goes to landfill and Oxfam will use the money raised to help end extreme poverty around the world. Incredibly, since 2008, the M&S and Oxfam Shwopping partnership has collected more than 20 million items, worth an estimated £16 million for Oxfam’s work. For more information, visit www.marksandspencer.com
H&M recognised that the fashion industry is using more resources than the planet allows and by recycling your clothes, you help reduce the amount of natural
Department stores have been teaming up with charities, offering some fabulous opportunities to save some money on your next purchase.
resources needed to produce new garments. In 2013, H&M launched its garment collecting initiative worldwide and since then, has gathered more than 32,000 tonnes of garments to give them a new life – that’s more fabric than in 100 million t-shirts! You can drop off your unwanted garments – no matter what brand and what condition – in all of the H&M stores. For more information, visit www.hm.com
TK Maxx will take as many bags as you can carry into the store, generating as much as £25 for each bag for Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens. All of your donated items are sold by Cancer Research UK shops to raise much-needed funds or, if they cannot be sold, are recycled. All of the money raised goes directly towards helping beat children’s’ cancers sooner. You’ll find permanent donation points in every store so you can give up clothes for good all year round. For more information, visit www.tkmaxx.com
Ego at intu Chapelfield, Norwich
Norwich has its own buy and sell fashion boutique in intu Chapelfield, bringing the very best brands in great condition at bargain prices. If you’ve got lots of fabulous high-end of the high
street and designer brand fashion in your wardrobe that you don’t wear and are looking to sell, simply bring the items that reflect the current season in store and they will arrange to sell them on your behalf (terms and conditions apply).
Ego Buy and Sell Fashion Boutique is a training store for the Retail Skills Academy students of City College, Norwich, allowing them to gain invaluable buying, customer service, selling and visual merchandising skills that are essential to progress within the retail sector. A percentage of all profits is donated to charity and reinvested in students’ learning. Visit the Ego store on the ground floor of intu Chapelfield, next to House of Fraser, Norwich.
H& M recycling.
Marks & Spencer Shwopping.
TK Maxx recycling.
Ego shop at intu Chapelfield, Norwich.