of clothing and other donated items diverted from landfill by Australian charity op shops in 2015-16.
+ charity op shops exist across Australia. They are a vital source of funding for the charities’ community support programs. 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
+ Australians volunteer their time to support charity op shops
Meagre percentage of donated clothing is actually sold again locally in opportunity shops.
of all donated clothing are exported into the second-hand clothing trade to UAE, Pakistan and Malaysia.
The remaining percentage of clothes are used as industrial rags, or sent to landfill. (15% - industrial rags, 20% - landfill).