£7m in the bag

£7m in the bag

  • Bag It Up Ltd (BIU) celebrate raising £7million for partner charities

  • BIU work with Wigan Warriors Community Foundation

  • “Congratulations to BIU for reaching this milestone achievement, we urge everyone to locate their nearest clothing bank using BIU’s ‘bank locator’ and donate their unwanted and unloved clothing helping us to raise even more funds!” Simon Collinson

Bag It Up Ltd (BIU), one of the UK’s leading clothing and textile recycling companies, is celebrating its latest milestone of £7million raised for its partner charities, thanks to donations from the great British public.

Residents, businesses and community groups across the UK have been recycling their unwanted clothing, shoes and household linens with BIU’s partner charities for over a decade.

BIU’s partners are UK-based, regional charities, including air ambulances, hospices and sporting associations. Each of these life-saving or life-changing charities rely on the support and generosity of the public, local businesses and community groups in their respective localities, to remain operational.

BIU designs and manufactures their own clothing recycling banks, at their in-house fabrication unit. After numerous tried and tested designs, they now own the UK patent for their no-key, anti-theft bank mechanism, which has ensured all donations are safe and secure, whilst awaiting collection.

Currently with a network of circa 1,400 clothing recycling banks around the UK, and eleven charity partnerships, BIU is extremely proud of what they have achieved to date, particularly with the current market conditions.

Exchange rates, political instability, garment quality and new imports from Asia, are just a few reasons as to why the used textile industry has seen a massive down-turn in the UK and overseas.

“The value of used textiles has dropped dramatically over the last few years”, Louise Knapton, a Director at BIU explains. “When the market suffers, so do our charities. It’s a balancing act to cover the costs of our recycling operations whilst ensuring our charities receive maximum funding through the resale of their donated goods. Such a significant milestone shows our commitment to our Charity Partners does not waiver, despite more challenging conditions”

Wendy Yarney, Charity Partnerships Manager at BIU for the past eight years, says, “It’s an amazing achievement. I’m honoured to have worked alongside such vital and well-supported charities, and we must thank all donors for clearing out their clobber for their local, worthy causes.

Simon Collinson, Marketing Director, Wigan Warriors Community Foundation:

“Wigan Warriors Community Foundation has been working with BIU Group since 2009 raising in excess of £26,000. The funds raised have helped us to improve the health, wellbeing, education and social inclusion of young people and adults. Congratulations to BIU for reaching this milestone achievement, we urge everyone to locate their nearest clothing bank using BIU’s ‘bank locator’ and donate their unwanted and unloved clothing helping us to raise even more funds!”

To find out where your nearest clothing recycling bank is, please visit the Charity Partners page at www.biugroup.co.uk and click on the Bank Locator, or call 01422 418618.

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