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Sainsbury's launches returned clothing charity trial across UK

Jeremy Lim
22 June 2022

Following a successful trial, Sainsbury’s is rolling out its partnership with UK clothing charity ‘Newlife’, to all supermarkets.

Since the launch of its partnership in 2019, the retailer has donated 65.5 tonnes of unsellable clothing returns and faulty garments to the charity.

The new rollout will see any of Sainsbury’s Tu clothing range that is not fit for resale in store be recycled or resold by Newlife to help fund its charity work and support Sainsbury’s commitments within its sustainability strategy, Plan for Better.

The money raised from reselling clothes in one of Newlife’s nine stores around the UK will help fund loans of sensory play equipment, grants for disability equipment, as well as emergency equipment loans for families.

Charity shop sales also help to fund Newlife’s Nurse run national Helpline, which provides compassionate support for families with disabled and terminally ill children.

All Sainsbury’s clothing returns and faulty garments which cannot be resold by Newlife will be broken down into raw materials so that they can be recycled or reused for a variety of different purposes such as car insulation and dog bed stuffing.

Stephen Johnson, Director of Technical & Ethical at Sainsbury’s said: “Sainsbury’s is committed to taking action to protect the environment and to supporting our local communities. We’re pleased to be rolling out our partnership with Newlife across all of our supermarkets and are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together so far.

"Not only does our partnership support the charity’s vital work in assisting so many children across the UK, but it also helps us to deliver our commitment to support local communities, whilst helping our planet too by protecting resources and reducing waste."

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