Stores large and small can benefit from working with local communities to enhance their Corporate Social Responsibility. One simple way of achieving this is to work with a reputable textile recycling organisation like BIU Group (BIU) to collect unwanted garments and textiles.
BIU works with corporate partners, like convenience stores and larger retailers, who install recycling banks on their sites to encourage local communities to deposit unwanted textiles. The items are subsequently collected and re-sold by BIU for a number of different purposes. Funds generated from the re-sale are frequently used to support local partners – usually charities without a network of shops like Air Ambulance services and hospices – who receive a percentage of the gross sale of the recycled items.
Another major BIU goal is to help companies meet their sustainability targets by providing a transparent, efficient and ethical service. By recycling textile waste and preventing it from being sent to landfill, there is not only an opportunity to generate funds for good causes, but also an opportunity to reduce the amount of waste that is dumped in landfill sites – in the UK over 2 million tonnes of textiles are discarded every year, with over 60% ending up in landfill. Man-made synthetic fibres are particularly bad for the environment, as they don’t decompose, whilst other materials such as wool emit harmful greenhouse gases in to the atmosphere.
BIU invests time and effort into guaranteeing maximum support for partners, delivering excellent service levels. The company also works to stringent processes. Banks are always checked before leaving the depot, re-painted if necessary and always branded in clear distinctive BIU livery. Attending drivers are always dressed in a BIU uniform and carry ID badges.
Making sure banks are regularly emptied is also an essential part of the BIU service, whilst patent pending anti-theft technology and security ensures BIU banks deliver a 20% higher yield than many competing banks. BIU also regularly works with partners on marketing initiatives, to support local stores promote the textile bank and to encourage recycling within the local community. These efficient processes have resulted in BIU being awarded ISO 14001 and 9001 for environmental and quality management systems.
Monies generated from BIU initiatives have helped fund life-saving missions by air ambulance services across the UK. They have also led to amongst other things, the purchase of new wheelchairs to help children become more independent and the funding of community projects through sporting associations.