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Most clothes that our customers bring to our shops are clean and wearable, smelling nicely, and not too much worn. Most items are just what we are looking for and are in a perfect condition to be sent to our clients in Africa or Eastern Europe.
But sometimes we have to reject otherwise perfectly good clothes simply because they are not completely dry. This is because we pack them immediately into plastic bags and they will not have a chance to dry any more. Damp clothes would then have that musty smell of mildew and by the time they arrive to the people we send them to they would be a mouldy pile of rubbish, and they would be dangerous to their health.
Please make sure you dry your clothes completely before bringing them to one of our shops to avoid disappointment and your clothes being rejected. We don’t “put them into the bin for you” either – they could be a risk to our shop assistants’ health.
Please kindly take back all rejected items. We don’t offer rubbish collection – we buy clothes to be worn by other people. Thank you for your understanding and we welcome dry, clean wearable clothes. They would help thousands of children and their families in Africa and Eastern Europe.
You may have heard that we ‘recycle’ your unwanted clothes. While we do buy used clothes, we don’t convert them into something else, the way that e.g. plastic bottles are used to build roads. The clothes that we buy from our customers in England are actually being re-used elsewhere.
We send those clothes to Africa and Eastern Europe. They will be worn by real people, just like you.
Our mission is to provide our clients in Eastern Europe and Africa with good quality second-hand clothes from the UK. We don’t buy items that will pose a health risk for them, or indeed for our employees or contractors along the way. That’s why we do reject items that are not in an acceptable condition, or that are smelly, too much worn out, with holes, marks or stains. We only buy clothes that can still be worn. The vast majority of clothes we receive in our shops are in a very good condition.
- Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 15:34
- Written by Cash 4 Clothes
We have new Cash 4 Clothes Pods open in the following areas:
- LANCASTER – Wickes, White Lund Industrial Estate, LA3 3EN
- PRESTON – Splash Car Wash, 622 Blackpool Road, PR2 1LH (Now closed – July 2015)
- NORTHWICH – Northwich Retail Park, Manchester Road, CW9 5LY
- WORKINGTON – Derwent Retail Park, Derwent Drive, CA14 3YW
- BROADSTAIRS / RAMSGATE – Westwood Cross Retail Park, 23 Margate Road, Broadstairs, CT10 2BF
In the UK alone, around 350.000 tonnes of used clothes goes to landfill every year. This means over 9000 items are thown away every 5 minutes, as calculated by Oxfam. Those clothes are worth around £140 million.
41% of people say they are not aware of recycling facilities for textiles, and there are unwanted clothes and textiles in more than 60% of British households.
Acording to The Guardian, the average British household spends £1,700 on clothes every year. The WRAP charity ground breaking report estimates that the average household owns around £4000 worth of clothes, and 30% of them have not been worn in the last year or longer.
You can donate your unwanted clothes to charity or bring them to one of our shops where we can buy them from you. Please note that we only buy clean and wearable clothes – our shops are not a dumping ground for rubbish. Any stained, marked, ripped clothes are not wearable anymore and we cannot process them for you.