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As well as a wonderful array of  food and drink, did you know that each Masala Bazaar store  has a clothes bank facility for you to drop your unwanted clothes off?  By donating old clothes you can help the third world countries protect themselves against the cold and floods. Here’s a few notes about recycling of clothes….

  • 90% of the clothes you put in textile banksare used in some way.
  • as the worlds poorer nations develop the demand for second hand clothes is increasing.
  • Recycling makes sense as it helps environment, created jobs and helps the poorer nations.
  • The average black bag hold between 6-8 kg of clothes.
  • From the clothes donated 40% can be worn again, 15% will be recycled and turned into new garments, 15% used for filling mattresses and other furniture, 20% used for wiper cloth and 10% cannot be used.
  • 75% of the population in the developing countries rely on second-hand clothing and shoes.
  • The textile recycling industry is over 200 years old and very well established.
  • The average household discards of about 1ton of rubbish every year of which about 4% is clothes.
  • If you put your clothes into a rubbish bin they will be taken to a landfill where they will eventually form greenhouse gases that could harm the environment.
  • Over 12 million people in the UK regularly buy items from a charity shop.
  • In Africa cobblers take old tyres and make new soles and heels to fit our old shoes.
  • Over 120,000 tons of clothes are recycled in the Uk every year.

Source: http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk

The Masala Bazaar locations can be found at stores across the UK in Sunderland (coming soon),Cardiff (two locations),Newport and Bristol