Zip along to Lidl

Supermarket giant Lidl and CLIC Sargent are teaming up to turn shoppers’ unwanted threads into gold by recycling clothes and other textiles to raise money for children and young people with cancer.


One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the new recycling banks, which are being trialled at 10 Lidl stores in the Midlands, will go to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. The trial is taking place between 12 August and 19 October, with the possibility it may go nationwide if it is successful.


If 100 stores take part, the textile recycling banks could raise an estimated £250,000 a year. Recycled textiles are cheaper than traditional materials and they are in demand in industry, where they are used for everything from loft insulation to the wadding for padded envelopes.


Lidl stores already taking part in the scheme include ones in: Luton, Corby, Sleaford in Lincolnshire, Coventry Coalville in Leicestershire and Bicester in Oxfordshire.


For the textile trial CLIC Sargent and Lidl are joining up with Wilcox Textile Reclaimers, who collect over 500,000 tonnes of textiles per week and will pay/give? CLIC Sargent £300 per tonne for the material from the textile banks.


Lidl is also supporting CLIC Sargent’s Fix Up Look Sharp campaign which aims to encourage budding fashionistas to up-cycle second hand clothes from CLIC Sargent’s shops to make trend-setting outfits.


The supermarket chain provided all the refreshments for the launch of the Pop Up Shop for Fix Up Look Sharp in Bristol’s Cabot Circus on Friday 2 August. Lidl is also recycling the printer cartridges it uses and donating the proceeds to CLIC Sargent.


Lidl and CLIC Sargent have been in partnership since October 2013 and Lidl has pledged to raise £150,000 for the charity, a target that it has already exceeded. The partnership runs until December.


Mark Good, CLIC Sargent’s Recycling Coordinator, said: “This is good for the environment and has the potential to raise thousands to help us support the 10 children and young people who are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.


“It is a fantastic initiative and we are really grateful for Lidl for getting behind our environmental agenda. We would like to see everyone thinking more about recycling unwanted clothes and textiles – either into our banks, or joining our Fix Up Look Sharp campaign by creating some snappy outfits using second hand clothes from our shops!”


Georgina O’Donnell, Lidl UK’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, said: “We are excited to be launching the recycling trial with CLIC Sargent because not only does it promise to generate much-needed funds for a cause that is very close to our hearts, but textile recycling is environmentally friendly which has always been a very strong focus for us as a company. We have always charged for plastic carrier bags, for example; we never airfreight products; we recycle 1,800 tonnes of mixed plastic each year alone. So the textile recycling trial not only adds another dimension to our fundraising partnership with CLIC Sargent, but it is also very much aligned with our environmental objectives.”

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