Greenpeace Goodies

Greenpeace T-shirt

Greenpeace T-shirtThe mission of Greenpeace merchandise is to help towards achieving a green and peaceful world for all of us, and for our future generations. By wearing one of their t-shirts or jumpers, or carrying a reusable bag, you’ll be helping to fund and spread awareness of the important work that Greenpeace do.

One new top, (not shown) has been designed by David Bailey to raise awareness of the problems facing the Sumatran tiger, the world’s smallest surviving tiger subspecies which lives in Indonesia’s disappearing rainforest habitats. Proceeds from sales will assist Greenpeace’s efforts to protect these forests. Made from organic cotton.

All products are made from GOTS certified organic cotton, in an ethically accredited wind-powered factory, and printed and finished in the UK by Teemill, using state of the art, low-waste ink technology.

TurtleDoves Cashmere

Turtle Doves logo

Fingerless glovesRecycle your Cashmere and receive  FREE cashmere fingerless gloves in exchange!

If you have a cashmere jumper which you no longer wear, has become worn or moth eaten?

Turtle Doves is a British design and manufacturing company, specialising in using post-consumer textile waste to create beautiful new garments & accessories.

Send your old 100% cashmere, freshly laundered jumper or cardigan to Turtle Doves and in exchange they will send you a pair of their lovely cashmere fingerless gloves!

All you need to do is fill in the form on their website then send your freshly washed jumper  along with any requests clearly noted in the package.

Please also include a stamped, addressed A5 envelope in your parcel for your gloves to be sent out to you (stamps need to be to the value of a Royal Mail Small Parcel – currently £2.90 Second Class or £3.40 First Class). You can send more than one and they will return a pair of Turtle Doves gloves for each jumper they can get at least two pairs from.  When your package arrives at Turtle Doves HQ they will match up the form with your jumper and pop a lovely pair of cashmere fingerless gloves in the post to you.

The address to send them to is: Turtle Doves (Jumper For Gloves), Unit 6, Lancaster Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 3LG.

More information about TurtleDoves and the other products they make can be found on their website:


East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH)

Children's Hospice (EACH)EACH Children’s Hospice

Children’s hospice care supporting families and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Offering a family-centred approach including specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling; all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.

You’re welcome to drop donations of standard items at any of the shops.
If you have large or bulky items, please call the shop first to check if they have space. Or you can drop items off at their distribution centre in Thetford.
To arrange collection of items or for more info, please call the Retail Distribution Centre on 01842 821620.

Find charity shops in the following locations:

LMB Textiles

LMB  have recycling banks for textiles, shoes throughout the London area and the Southern Counties and on an average week now collects 170 to 200 tonnes of textiles, clothing and shoes.  80% will be sorted and exported for reuse, 10% that isn’t fit for reuse will be cut into wiping cloths, 5%will be sent for flocking and felting, leaving a minimal 5% waste, incorporating household rubbish, hangers and single shoes.

They also have an educational section aiming to teach children about recycling  and the environment.

Lawrence M. Barry & Co
Britannia Mill
North Crescent
E16 4TG

Tel: +44 (0)20 7476 2888

Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd

Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd recycles clothes, shoes and textiles, even soft toys, all items can be put to good use for clothing or making items such as mattresses.

Textiles are the UK’s fastest growing household waste stream. By recycling our unwanted clothes and textiles we can help the environment by reducing what we send to landfill and reusing valuable resources.

Clothing banks
Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd have distinctive clothing banks throughout the UK and Ireland. Every bank is visited at least once a week.

You may receive a plastic bag through your door asking for clothing donations. These white plastic bags will include The Salvation Army red shield logo so you can be confident where your clothing is going.
Each bag will indicate a collection day and a hotline number in case of difficulty.
You don’t have to fill the bag; even small amounts can help.

Charity shops
Donations of clothing can also be dropped off in Salvation Army charity shops, during normal opening hours. Use the ‘Find a Centre’ function to locate your nearest shop.

Salvation Army

See Also: Recycle with Michael Telling how Council unites with The Salvation Army for Recycle with Michael scheme to make recycling fun for primary school pupils


TRAID is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away. We turn clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of our clothes. It is a circular and sustainable approach to the problems of clothes waste tackling disposal, production and consumption by:-

  • Increasing clothes reuse across the UK reducing waste, carbon emissions and consumption
  • Funding international development projects to improve conditions and working practices in the textile industry
  • Educating people of all ages about the impacts of textiles on the environment and people’s lives, and how we can make more sustainable choices

TRAID does this by providing the UK public with a network of over 1,500 charity clothes banks, home collections and charity shops diverting around 3,000 tonnes of clothes from landfill and incineration every year. We work in 191 boroughs and districts in the UK supporting local authorities, businesses, schools and communities towards zero waste.

What can I donate?

  • Clothes (Women, men’s and children’s. All styles wanted including designer, high street and vintage)
  • Shoes (Paired)
  • Accessories (Bags, scarves, jewellery, hats etc)
  • Linen (e.g. Curtains)
  • Books & music
  • Homeware (Of all kinds)
  • No duvets or pillows
  • No damaged clothes or shoes. For example, we cannot reuse items which are very worn or have big holes or stains.

What condition should donations be in?

TRAID needs donations which are in good enough condition to resell, we don’t mind about the fit, style or era.

Phone 020 8733 2580

Phil the Bag clothing recycling initiative

Phil the Bag are passionate about sustainability. They aim to lead the way in tackling textile waste and inspire, engage and support schools, clubs, charities, community groups and business organisations to improve the impact they have on society through fundraising from textile and clothing recycling, by reducing landfill and offering a financial reward to those participating in their project.

‘Phil’ the Bag is a FREE clothing recycling initiative… Helping you raise funds from your textile recycling donations.

“Now paying £350 per tonne!”    (As of 11th May 2015 their NEW price will be £350 per tonne (35p/kg))

The setting up of a ‘Phil’ the Bag clothing collection and all associated administration is totally FREE.
Furthermore you may organise as many textiles collections as you wish during the year, so there is no limit to how much money you can raise for your school!

We recommend a summer and winter collection or if you really want to boost school funds, why not have a collection each term?

Contact them:
They would love to hear from you, to discuss the Scheme. So please call for further information or to book a collection.
Tel: Kelly or Heather   01795 424404 or 01795 425333
Email:     Alternatively please complete the enquiry form on their website.

They do not accept:
Sleeping Bags
Offcuts of fabric
Any WET items
Tent Canvas
No ripped or stained clothing

Unfortunately we are also unable to accept towels, bedding and curtains from commercial organizations. E.g. Hospitals, hotels and animal sanctuaries.


European Recycling Company (ERC)

The European Recycling Company assists people all over the UK to provide a new lease of life to theirunwanted shoes and clothes.
Every day, here in the UK, around 2,000 tonnes of clothing & shoes are sent to landfill. This would bury 720 football pitches in 6 feet (1.83m) of waste every year, which is one football pitch every 12 hours.
ERC have operated with many local authorities, waste companies and clothing retailers for over 20 years enabling communities to recycle unwanted clothing, reduce waste in the home and help eliminate landfill.
Their mission is to achieve 100% recycled used textiles, clothing and shoes. This will help to preserve vital natural resources and establish closed loop production.

Nothing goes to waste; buttons, zips, chains and rivets are all removed by their state of the art processing machines, and sent for recycling. Even the dust generated in the process is compressed into blocks and used again in the manufacture of paper, concrete production or utilised as energy. State-of-the-art facilities even generate solar power, with surplus power fed back into the local grid.

In association with EPEA International Environmental Research GmbH, SOEX provides an annual prize for the most innovative and experimental scientific work, with the aim or result of keeping textiles, clothing  and shoes in a continuous cycle of circulation.

Reuseful UK


Making reuse child’s play

Reuseful UK has been set up by members of the scrapstore community to support the reuse of unwanted resources for the benefit of children and communities. Clean reusable scrap materials (which businesses find hard to recycle so would otherwise be landfilled) are made available for children to play with through a network of independent ‘scrapstores’ across the UK.

Click here for a full list of the items you can donate.


The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s trading arm, (SATCoL), gives us all the opportunity to do just that; with recycling banks, door-to-door collections and charity shops across the UK and Republic of Ireland, you can help to make sure we lessen our impact on overflowing landfill sites by donating your unwanted clothes and household items for reuse and recycling. Not only that, profit that SATCoL receives from your donations is given to The Salvation Army to support their projects throughout the country. Between April 2009 and March 2014 alone your unwanted clothes and household items raised £39.5 million!

SATCoL also works with hundreds of schools and colleges throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland to run recycling schemes that give young people the opportunity to make donations safely and easily at their school, whilst learning about clothing recycling and raising money.