Latest Recycle with Willow Wood

Donating to, or buying from, our shops not only helps us - it's also environmentally friendly!

The Willow Wood Hospice charity shops are a great place to find a bargain, but they also play an increasingly important role in recycling. Looking at textiles, the Charity Retail Association reports that in the year 2018 alone, 339,000 tonnes were kept out of landfill and sold through UK charity shops. And since local authorities have to pay a landfill tax, that meant that around £30million was saved to be spent on services for local residents instead.

And it’s not just at the end of their lifespan that clothes, bedding, curtains etc can cause environmental issues. It can take up to 2,700 litres of water to produce one T shirt. In fact, the United Nations Environment Programme tells us that the fashion industry as a whole, produces 20 per cent of global wastewater and 10 per cent of global carbon emissions. That’s more than all international flights and maritime shipping.

That’s an amazing and quite scary statistic. Willow Wood’s retail operations manager Sharon Hodgkiess said: “Let’s face it, we all have clothes that we decide don’t really suit us, or just don’t wear anymore, but instead of them taking up room in your wardrobe please think about donating them to Willow Wood. And if you’re re-decorating we can take your curtains or duvet sets too! Of course, it’s not just textiles. Toys, book, furniture, bric a brac and more can be recycled through our shops, while our distribution centre on Langham Street, Ashton, accepts stainless steel, copper, brass and old cables.”

Sheila Redfearn, one of the Hospice’s volunteers agrees. “I work in the Ashton shop, on Old Street, and it’s just amazing to see the quality of the goods we get. If you’ve never shopped at a charity shop before, please call in. The shop itself is beautifully designed; it’s like a boutique and we get some wonderful donations of clothes, shoes and other accessories, plus lovely homeware and ornaments. And, as well as helping save our Planet by recycling, you’ll be helping Willow Wood. I know first-hand that the care and support Hospices provide means so much, not just to the patient but to the whole family. By donating or buying goods from our shops, you are helping the team continue to care for local people.”

Full details of the Willow Wood shops can be found here.

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