- More and more Australians are turning to charity op shops to buy clothes. However, charity op shops still need good quality donations. Making a donation can help op shops from running short of stock.
Boosting donations to charity op shops is the aim of the second 'National Op Shop Week'. An initiative of the DoSomething! charity in partnership with the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO)
- In 2013/14, Australia's charity op shops diverted more than 300,000 tonnes of clothing from landfill.
- Re-use of clothing saves 4kg of CO2 for every kilogram of donated clothing (source Danish Technological University study published 2010).
- There are more than 3000 charity op shops across Australia.
- More than 70,000 Australians volunteer their time to support charity op shops.
- Around 30% of clothing in the average wardrobe has not been worn for at least a year, most commonly because it no longer fits (Source: UK government research)
- National Op Shop Week takes place in August each year.
- Visit www.dosomethingnearyou.com.au/national-op-shop-week for more information.