Working for People with Sight Loss

Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable fashion is not a trend but the future

The fashion and textile industry in its current linear business model is one of today’s most unsustainable global businesses with textile production alone contributing to climate change by producing an estimated 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 annually.

We are now living in a climate conscious era and the charity store stands at the forefront of reuse and sustainability. At NCBI Retail, our sustainability and circular fashion operations across our stores nationwide through clothing reuse embeds our commitment to a net carbon society by 2050. Our environmental metrics through these processes confirm charity retail is a key player in the fight against climate change.

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Sustainability at NCBI Retail

In 2019, approximately 1,850 tonnes of clothing and shoes were donated to NCBI of which we reused over 90%.

By reusing and keeping clothing in circulation we saved:
• 5,935 metric tonnes of CO2
• 10 billion litres of water

This is the equivalent:
• 1,260 cars being removed from our roads annually
• 750 million smartphones being charged
• 46,728 of trees absorbing CO2.

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The end of the ‘Throwaway clothes’ era is something we welcome with open arms.

Charity shops are beacons towards saving the planet: 95 per cent of clothing donated to us is recycled or sold on for reuse.
Every time you donate or buy any goods at our charity shops, four great things happen:

  1. You stop waste going to landfill.
  2. This saves your local authorities paying landfill tax.
  3. Helps the environment.
  4. Raises money for our services = what’s not to like?!