The Property team has joined forces with our charity, the Co-op Foundation, to help it make an even bigger difference to communities and young people.
Money raised from clothes donated to 850 textile banks at our Co-op Food stores will go to support the Foundation, which tackles youth loneliness through Belong and helps community spaces become more sustainable. Funds raised will also support the Salvation Army, which runs the banks for us.
How you can help
Look out for our textile banks next time you visit your local Co-op Food store, they are normally located in the car park.
Then dig through your wardrobe and donate your unwanted clothes and shoes, which many of us will have as we go through the Christmas period. Every donation will help, and banks are open all year round.
What your donations will do
We expect almost 10 million kilos of unwanted clothes and shoes to be donated over the next three years. These will then be recycled to raise more than £1 million for both charities to share per year, a great example of Stronger Co-op, Stronger Communities working in action.
Funds received by The Salvation Army will help them support people across the UK, including those experiencing homelessness, addiction and domestic abuse.
I’m also delighted this partnership is about more than just fundraising because it will help the environment, too. More than 300,000 tonnes of unwanted clothes go to landfill each year and, by making a dent in this at Co-op, things are better for everyone.
Remember, you can also support the Co-op Foundation by choosing it as your Local Cause.
Co-op Property team Category Manager (Soft Services)