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  • Wednesday, 10th December 2014

    Thank you for Shwopping!

    A huge thank you to all staff and students who donated clothes in last week’s Shwop at Work initiative. Across the four Shwopping events to have taken place at the University to date we have managed to collect 225 bags of used clothing; that’s an estimated 6,975 garments in total.  This is an absolutely fantastic result and means the University remain top of the Shwopping leader board once again!

    Oxfam will now sort the clothing and turn your donations into cash to fund their work fighting poverty.  Any clothes that Oxfam do not sell in their shops will be reused or recycled.  For example, some clothing may go to Frip Ethique, a social enterprise project in Senegal providing employment for disadvantaged women, whilst other items could be turned into mattress stuffing or car seat filling.

    The money raised will go towards helping a range of Oxfam projects, such asdeveloping a backyard and rooftop gardens in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, still recovering following the devastating earthquake of 2010. Oxfam is supporting local communities to grow food in backyards and rooftop gardens, using new, practical, low-cost farming techniques to help families produce nutritious food for themselves - like the ones in this picture.

                                                    Haiti Urban Garden (ID 2525)

    Special thanks go to all the Shwopping volunteers as well as the Sustainability and Facilities teams who helped ensure the event ran smoothly. 

    This is a great example of how our partnership with the University can help us to achieve more, as both M&S and the University have deep-rooted commitments to community engagement and work towards embedding sustainability into day to day operations. Our 'Plan A' strategy aims to make M&S the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015 - underpinned by an understanding of the importance of communities and of the implications of prolific consumption. Whilst the University’s Communities and Partnerships team and Outreach activity build community relations and continue to develop projects that will make a difference to the local community.

    Don’t forget you can keep Shwopping all year long in any Oxfam shop or M&S store near you - you can find more information about Plan A and Shwopping here.

    To find out more about the M&S and University’s strategic partnership here.

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