Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL) is partnering with Keep Britain Tidy (KBT).
The partnership aims to encourage stronger awareness for textile reuse and recycling among young people, as well as help to increase donations to raise further funds for the Salvation Army.
It will work in tandem with SATCoL’s ‘Recycle With Michael’ scheme used by more than 400 schools.
SATCoL clothing collection division head Tony Hosking said: “We will initially be embarking on a year-long project together, working with schools across the UK on a variety of local and national initiatives.”
KBT’s education manager Morgan Phillips added: “Pupils can explore a wide range of sustainability issues by studying the full life cycle of textiles. Through this partnership we hope pupils will not only learn more about the textiles industry in the classroom, but they will learn by taking action too.”
SATCoL has also announced strong trading across its clothing collection operations and charity shops between 2014 and 2015, with total tonnage collected from donors increasing “substantially”.
The business has increased its clothing banks to more than 6,700 from 6,500 this time last year, and has added to its network of charity shops, taking the number of outlets to more than 200.
Profits that SATCoL receives from the sale of donated clothing contributes to the Salvation Army, which has amounted to over £35m during the past five years.
It delivers around 400,000 clothing collection bags to homes across the UK each week.
- The team from SATCoL will welcome Keep Britain Tidy to its exhibition stand at RWM on 16 September, where visitors can find out more about the partnership and how to get involved with the schools recycling initiatives.