White Rose Shopping Centre has joined forces with The Salvation Army to install clothing donation banks for guests to donate used textiles and unwanted clothing.
The initiative aims to provide a safe and efficient place for guests to donate gently-used items to be will be re-sold, with funds used to support the work that The Salvation Army does around the country. As well as gathering guest donations, White Rose is encouraging centre brands to use the banks for any end-of-sale pieces, with the aim of further reducing textile waste.
The Salvation Army is the largest charity-owned textiles collector in the UK, and its partnership with White Rose’s parent company Landsec has already seen 25 tonnes of unwanted textiles donated to the scheme – the same weight as around 13 elephants. The charity works tirelessly to provide practical help for people in need, including specialist support for survivors and potential victims of modern slavery, shelter for those experiencing homelessness, and much more.
As well as raising much-needed funds, the donation banks aim to help divert textile waste from landfill, supporting White Rose’s mission to make a positive impact on the environment. The centre already diverts 100% of its waste from landfill, with 70% of waste being recycled.
Steven Foster, Centre Director at White Rose Shopping Centre, said:
“We’re pleased to launch this initiative with The Salvation Army, providing guests with an easy way to reduce their textile waste and divert from landfill while also supporting the vital work of The Salvation Army.
“We expect these banks will be well used within the community, and are looking forward to seeing the uptake.”
White Rose’s clothing bank can be found at the left-hand side of Car Park 4, near the M&S entrance. For more information, visit white-rose.co.uk
This post is based on a press release issued on behalf of White Rose Shopping Centre
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