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Clothes giant in charity link-up to raise millions

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

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A HIGH street retail giant and a national charity have joined forces to urge people in Burton and South Derbyshire to help support disadvantaged people in the area.

Marks & Spencer, which has a store in Coopers Square shopping centre, and Oxfam, which has a shop in High Street, are looking for people to recycle old Marks & Spencer clothes that they no longer wear.

The clothes exchange scheme, dubbed ‘Shwopping’, allows shoppers to drop off any unwanted items before they are sold on or recycled into items such as mattress filling or carpet underlay.

A spokesman for Oxfam said: “Shwopping is the latest development in Oxfam’s long-standing partnership with Marks & Spencer.

“Together, we’ve already raised more than £9.5 million to fight poverty – with your help, we can do even more.

“Donated clothes are sold in shops, online, at festivals or through overseas enterprises.

“Garments that can’t be worn again are sold to designers who restyle them for use in new collections.

“Clothes we can’t re-sell or re-use are sold in bulk to reprocessing companies to be reborn as mattress filling or carpet underlay.

“Oxfam and Marks & Spencer are perfect partners. They know we make the most of every donation.

“We know they are committed to reducing the number of clothes that end up in landfill, plus they’re big supporters of our work fighting poverty.

“We’ve set ourselves the ultimate goal of recycling as many clothes as Marks & Spencer sells – hundreds of millions of clothes each year.”

The scheme has been running since January 2008, and has already helped to raise millions of pounds.

Anyone donating an item of clothing will receive a £5 voucher to use on their next purchase of £35.

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