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Scope follows in Oxfam's steps

The charity Scope is keen to follow in Oxfams steps and take up a similar clothes exchange initiative to encourage people to recycle, according to Scopes head of trading.

The announcement follows the launch of the Marks & Spencer and Oxfam clothes exchange scheme which is designed to encourage people to recycle their unwanted clothes by donating them to Oxfam. Customers make a donation of M&S clothes to one of Oxfams stores and receive a £5 M&S voucher in return.

Scope head of trading John Taylor said: This is an interesting initiative and we would be keen as an organisation to talk to other commercial retailers in making a similar partnership with us. But we will look at options individually to see what is best for us.

Anything that encourages people to recycle and encourages people to donate to charity shops has got to be a great thing.

However, Taylor added that there was a risk to smaller charities who could get squeezed out if major corporate partnerships focused solely on the bigger charity chains. He said that bigger charity chains are more widespread nationally and so if a retailer wanted to endorse a national campaign it would have to choose a bigger charity over a smaller one. For certain, M&S were attracted to Oxfam because of their size, and so it will be interesting to see if other retailers will look to partner with medium and smaller charity chains in the future.

Image: Scope's charity shop in Exeter

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