Reduce Waste - Support Your Local Charity Shop

Our next event is nearly here! Less Waste Laura will be speaking to us on 21 April at 8pm by Zoom - there's room for you to join so get your tickets now.

An engaging campaigner, Laura will be covering how our attitudes to sustainability and fashion have changed over the last year.

Like all retailers, charity shops on the high street have had a stop-start year, closing their doors just before Christmas with woolly hats and heavy coats on the shelves.

We caught up with Pat Harkins from the Save the Children shop on Milngavie Road.

Pat says: "We're just waiting for the go-ahead to prepare for the shop reopening. When we do open we’re expecting a high level of donations. We really do want your donations ... just not all at once!

Not only does your support help children in the UK and overseas, it has significant environmental benefits, too. So time to have another rummage in the cupboards and pull out those ill-fitting clothes!

What should you donate?

  • gents, ladies & children's clothing

  • toys & games

  • books

  • shoes

  • handbags

  • bric a brac

  • small household items

  • toiletries

  • DVD’s / CD’s

  • jewellery

Save the Children shop is unable to sell -

  • electrical items

  • furniture

  • bedding or curtains

  • large items.

Other charities will take larger items, such as Debra in Milngavie which opens on 26 April - call 0141 258783 to arrange uplift.

3 Environmental Benefits of a Charity Shop

1. Promotes re-use - a charity shop’s first choice is always to ensure that as many donated items as possible are reused by selling them on.

2. Recycling - if we're unable to sell an item, recycling is the next option through recognised social enterprise organisations.

3. Provides clothing to people at an affordable price …… helping to reduce ‘fast fashion’.

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