A chance to re­cy­cle your wardrobe

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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

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.

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