Amazing facts

Australia’s charity op shops are amazing because . . .

  • They are a vital source of funding for the charities’ community support programs
  • They help tens of thousands of people in crisis and in need in our communities each year through the money they raise
  • There are more than 2400* charity op shops across Australia
  • More than 76,000*Australians volunteer their time to support charity op shops
  • Charity op shops are the oldest recycling industry in Australia, tracing their beginnings to World War I fundraising for the Red Cross and returned soldier welfare programs
  • In 2015-16, Australian donated around 784,000 tonnes of second hand goods to charitable recyclers across the country.
  • Sadly 250,000+ tonnes* of donated items are soiled, damaged, broken and therefore unfit for reuse. Charities must meet the costs of disposing of these “donations” to landfill, diverting money raised away from their charitable work.
  • Re-use of clothing saves 4kg of CO2 for every kilogram of donated clothing (source Danish Technological University study published 2010.)
Other amazing facts …
  • around 30% of clothing in the average wardrobe has not been worn for at least a year, most commonly because it no longer fits (Source: UK government research)
* Source:  July 2016 NACRO research Charity Op Shops 2015-16 Financial Year