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June 23, 2022

Sainsbury’s Tu clothing returns will be recycled or resold

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is rolling out its clothing recycling partnership with charity ‘Newlife,’ to all its supermarkets.

By Fi Forrest

Sainsbury’s partnership with Newlife, the Charity for Disabled Children, is now rolling out across all UK stores, following a successful trial. Newlife has built its foundation around recycling, reprocessing, and reusing clothing to support 1.1 million disabled and terminally ill children in the UK. Now, any of Sainsbury’s Tu clothing range not fit for resale in store, will be recycled or resold by Newlife to help fund its important charity work and support Sainsbury’s commitments within its sustainability strategy, Plan for Better. 

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. 

Stephen Johnson, director of technical and ethical, 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.” 

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.  

Newlife works with over 300 leading retailers and manufacturers across the UK and Europe who donate items that would otherwise be destined for landfill – these are then sold in Newlife stores to raise vital funds for its charity services which provides specialist disability equipment and support for disabled and terminally ill children and their families across the UK. 

Stephen Morgan, Newlife’s operations director, said, “We are so pleased that our trial with Sainsbury’s went well, and that the new partnership will be rolled out to all Sainsbury’s stores on a long-term basis. By working together, we are making a huge difference to the planet and people, and it means we can help more families in need.” 

In April, Sainsbury’s Tu clothing division hit a GBP1bn (US$1.25bn) milestone, after full-year sales grew more than 3.1% versus the same period two years ago, and 12.7% against last year. 

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