With the cold weather well and truly here, your thoughts might be turning to a wardrobe clear-out.
Well-loved spare shoes and clothes can find a welcome new home through local Salvation Army Trading Company clothing banks. There are 2 clothing banks in Downham Market, and several more in the surrounding villages.
Current sites for local Salvation Army clothing banks are:
Tesco Car Park, London Road, Downham Market PE38 9JR
Morrissons Car Park, Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DH
Playing Field Car Park, Downham Road, Denver PE38 0DH
Runcton Holme Social Club, 98 School Road, Runcton Holme PE33 0AW
Hilgay Village Hall, 22 High Street, Hilgay, Downham Market PE38 0LH
All Saints Academy, 45 Wretton Road, Stoke Ferry PE33 9QJ
It is estimated that more than 1.1 million tonnes of textiles are consumed every year – a rise of 5% since 2010. Though it is often overlooked, textile recycling has a positive effect on carbon reduction.
An additional 1 tonne of re-use clothing can result in a saving of up to 11 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The Salvation Army exports 34,000 tonnes of textiles for reuse and recycling each year, and that alone is an annual saving of more than 238,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.