Wastesaver - Fighting the clothes-to-landfill crisis
Drop that jacket, skirt or shirt off at your local Oxfam shop and there’s a good chance it will sell there. But what happens if it doesn’t – is it destined for the bin after all? Thankfully not. At Oxfam we work really hard to find a new use for every item of clothing you give. And it’s all thanks to a very busy warehouse in Batley, West Yorkshire.
Oxfam has been doing the reusing and reselling thing since the 1940s, when the first Oxfam Shop opened. Then, in 1974, Oxfam became the first national charity to develop its own facility for recycling and reusing clothes that never sends clothes to landfill. Wastesaver now handles 12,000 tonnes of textiles every year.
So what happens to your clothes once they get to Wastesaver?
First they make their way down huge conveyor belts; lined by our team of clothing experts, who are ready to decide where each and every item should go to continue its life. Then they’re packed up and sent or sold on to the most suitable market – never to landfill. Here are some of the exciting places they could end up next.
The knock-on effect doesn’t stop there. Shopping and donating with Oxfam also raises funds to help people living in poverty. So it’s a win-win-win for people and for the planet. For anyone keen to shop more sustainably – and to make a real difference – it doesn’t get much better than that.