Fashion is one of the most fast-paced industries in the world. Consumers can purchase a new item of clothing at the click of a button. Prices for most of these items are usually low with, as a result consumers tend to throw them out well before the end of its lifecycle. This has become known as ‘fast fashion’. In 2018, around 350,000 tons of clothing were sent to landfill. Broken down, this works out that out of every 30kg of clothing disposed of, only 4.5kg of it is recycled.
Charity donation centres are places where people can donate old clothes ready to be recycled and given a new life. The revenue accumulated from the sales helps raise money for the chosen charity. Our charity partner Demelza Children’s Hospice is no different. Demelza’s warehouse in Maidstone recycles tons of clothing throughout the year consequently their charity shops are one of their biggest sources of fundraising.
Now that the warehouse has recently opened since lockdown, Demelza’s has been inundated with donations. A team of Axis RLO’s spent their volunteering days giving them a helping hand. The team spent the day sorting and sifting through heaps of clothing, ready to be distributed to their charity shops.