In 2015 Debenhams first partnered with TRAID, a charity working to stop textiles and footwear reaching landfill, reducing waste and carbon emissions, while raising funds to fight poverty. Across our London Support Centre, employees dispose of samples-clothing footwear, accessories and homeware by putting them into our TRAID bins, which are regularly collected, taken to the sorting centre to be split into re-sale or recycle.
Clothing waste is a major environmental problem and with over 350,000 tonnes of wearable clothes going to landfill and incineration every year, this also causes high volumes of carbon emission all contributing to climate change.
Since we started this partnership, to date we have diverted over 18 tonnes of unwanted clothes and shoes from landfill and reduced carbon emissions by 255 tonnes.
Graph shows the number of unwanted clothes (kg) diverted from landfill by Debenhams, to date.
Supporting the Children of Garment Workers
All funds raised are donated to help fund and support a child care centre in Dhaka Bangladesh for children of garment workers. The child care centres are a collaboration with ChildHope. Young mothers can leave their children at the centre knowing they will be safe, taught how to read and write, enjoy play activities, rest and have at least one meal a day.
Children with Toys donated from Debenhams Support Centre Gift Division.
Last year over £32,000 was raised and donated to the childcare centre. The money goes towards supporting general running costs for the centre, including staff, training and meals and also for community awareness, birth registration and lobbying.
As well as creating a safe place for children to be left while their parents work, other benefits include;
- Early childhood education teaching basic literacy and numeracy skills
- Teaching parents and children about child rights
- Providing regular health check-ups and nutritious meals
- Help for parents to gain access to birth certificates which can be a difficult process due to the complex bureaucratic system. Once a child has their birth certificate this allows access to government schemes, entitlements and education in a government school. Over 100 birth certificates have been accessed so far
See below video to learn more about the Childcare centres
Childcare Centre Video