THRIFTY Gympie shoppers are saving money, helping to look after the environment and giving a worthy charity a boost.
Residents have helped Endeavour Foundation save 4500 tonnes of recyclable items from ending up in landfill.
Endeavour Foundation’s CEO David Barbagallo said it highlighted the fact that reducing our impact on the environment doesn’t have to be hard work.
The Gympie Endeavour Recycled Clothing store in Mary Street is one of 35 in Queensland selling a range of pre-loved garments.
The stores have not only saved thousands of tonnes of clothing from ending up in tips in the past year but by recycling these items to be enjoyed again, the money raised goes to support people with a disability.
The Endeavour Foundation also has other recycling initiatives to reduce landfill, such as managing “tip shops” and confidential document destruction service that sees customer documents shredded in a secure environment and then recycled into “new” paper and cardboard.
Over the past year, Endeavour’s confidential document destruction efforts have prevented more than 1100 tonnes of paper from going to landfill.
Mr Barbagallo said the organisation had boosted its recycling capacity by 20 per cent in the past year, through stepping up its waste management strategies.
“Endeavour Foundation is committed to the recycling industry and we would like to thank the people of Gympie for helping us in our fight against waste,” he said.
Mr Barbagallo said the organisation was exploring other waste management avenues, including salvaging furniture and other goods from councils’ waste transfer stations for re-sale.
Thrift shops have jumped in popularity as people realise the value of finding retro and unique garments in the stores, as well as top-quality garments and sometimes brand new items straight from fashion houses.
All profits from Endeavour Foundation Recycled Clothing stores go toward supporting people with a disability.