Marks and Spencer vouchers to reward recyclingM&S and Oxfam voucher scheme covers homewares

22 July 2009

A pile of clothes

Reuse old clothes rather than sending them to landfill

Marks and Spencer and Oxfam are launching the UK's biggest homeware recycling service - offering M&S vouchers to shoppers who recycle old curtains, bed linen and other soft furnishings bought from the department store.

Customers making a donation of old Marks and Spencer (M&S) home textiles products to an Oxfam store in the UK or Republic of Ireland - including soft furnishings like cushions, curtains, throws and bed linen - will receive an M&S voucher worth £5. 

Each voucher will be valid for one month, and shoppers can use them with their next purchase of £35 or more on homeware, clothing or beauty products at M&S.

Textiles recycling

The M&S and Oxfam Soft Furnishings Exchange is designed to raise money for Oxfam and to reduce the one million tonnes of textiles sent by the public to landfill each year according to 2006 figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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Clothes recycling

The scheme will be an extension of the successful M&S and Oxfam Clothes Exchange - which already offers M&S gift vouchers to people who donate old Marks and Spencer clothes to Oxfam stores.

David McCullough, director of trading at Oxfam, said: 'We’ve now given out over a million M&S vouchers to people who have brought us donations of clothing. Now that we can do the same for donations of everything from towels to bed linen, it’s even easier for people to help us make it curtains for poverty.'

Since its launch in 2008, the clothes exchange has saved more than 3 million M&S garments from going to landfill and raised an extra £2m for Oxfam.

Marks and Spencer

M&S has hit the halfway mark in a five year plan to reduce its carbon footprint known as Plan A.

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