Recently I have discovered a wonderful local company called ‘Grown out of it’. A company that really impressed me with their ethos on recycling. I am delighted to share a guest post from Sharon and Michelle, explaining everything that they have done, please take a look and pop over to the website after reading, it’s such a fabulous concept.
The UK based charity WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) has estimated that £140 million worth of clothing goes into landfills each year, and a staggering £30 billion worth of unused clothing is still sitting in our wardrobes nationwide (WRAP, 2018). This level of waste is enough to fill 459 Olympic-size swimming pools (Clothes Aid, 2013).
We are two friends with a dream and a purpose. Kids buy clothes, wear them a few times and grow out of them. What happens next. From a survey we conducted of over 100 children we found that an alarming amount threw away their clothes whilst the remaining either went to charity shops or passed down to friends.
We have a website called Grown Out of It. A website dedicated in helping families buy and sell unwanted children’s items, save money on school uniform and necessities and of course to help support local schools.
There are two parts to our business, Firstly we have over 25,000 schools on our website, all of which have their own shop page. Our goal is to reach out to all the schools to run a uniform recycling scheme. The initiative will give parents and guardians the opportunity to donate any uniform their children have grown out of to be recycled and made available to other families. We would like the children to run this scheme as part of a community challenge volunteering project and in some cases this can go towards a skill based certificate. They will also have the opportunity to sell advertising and raise money for their school.
The second part of our business is simply buying and selling anything your children have grown out of. From clothes to toys, books, musical instruments and so on. We set this business up to help all families and make shopping for those necessities just that little bit easier.
Not only does recycling have a fruitful impact on your pocket it also plays an essential role in sustaining our environment.