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Donate your pre-loved fashion and homeware at TK Maxx all year round

Had a wardrobe clearout? We can help with that!

Simply drop off your pre-loved quality fashion and homeware at any TK Maxx, all year round to support children with disabilities. Just ask any of our team in store to direct you to the donation point.

Each bag could raise up to €20 when sold in Enable Ireland shops.

Not only that, you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment. Here’s how...

• TK Maxx customers and associates have helped collect over 266,000 bags of clothes, accessories and homeware 
• That’s over 1500 tonnes diverted from landfill
• Or over 35,000 tonnes of saved carbon emissions

Or to put it another way, 1tCO2e emissions avoided has approximately the same impact as 46 trees / year* meaning that for the average bag** donated could save as much carbon as 5 trees.

HOW ENABLE IRELAND SUPPORTS CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

TK Maxx and Enable Ireland have been working together since 1997, raising over €3.7 million to support over 20,000 children and young people with disabilities and their families in local communities in 15 counties.

Enable Ireland’s services for children and their families cover all aspects of a child’s physical, educational and social development from early infancy through adolescence. Thanks to your support, more children can achieve independence, choice and inclusion in their communities.

 

HOW TO: TK MAXXIMISE THE CLOTHES YOU LOVE & CLEAROUT THE REST

So now you know all the good that dropping off a bag can do, we’re here to help you make it happen – whether it’s saying bye-bye to those 6-inch gold heels that you haven’t worn for a decade or getting the most out of the clothes you actually love.

First up, the cull. Ask yourself the following...

DOES IT BRING ME JOY?

Does this item bring you happiness? If you feel detached, then you know it’s time to give it a new lease of life. Thank you and goodbye.

WOULD I GIVE IT TO MY BFF?

No one wants a grubby-old-anything, so if you’d give it to your bestie, someone else is bound to cherish it just as much as you, making parting less painful.

WHEN DID I LAST WEAR IT?

If it’s been over a (normal) year, then it’s time to say c’ya. We say normal, because like us, we’re sure you’ve lived in loungewear for the majority of the year.

Next step – let’s extend the life of the items we love. Here’s how...

GET TO KNOW YOUR CARE LABELS

You can make your clothes last longer by getting to know your care labels before popping items in the wash. Check out this handy factsheet to ace it.

TO WASH OR NOT TO WASH

Wash less often at cooler temperatures. Washing your clothes at 30°C makes them last longer and reduces the impact on the planet. Wool jumpers or coats can be aired instead – and jeans can be put in the freezer!

MAKE DO AND MEND

Got a broken zip or need to take something in a little bit? Get out the sewing kit and get your fix on. There are plenty of YouTube how-to videos out there. It’ll be like a brand-new item before you know it.

We love good quality clothing, shoes and accessories, ornaments, towels and linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware, books, collectables and antiques, cds and dvds. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any electrical goods, furniture or any items that are broken or require repair due to health and safety regulations.

 

*source: the Carbon Trust.  Carbon Trust data key assumptions include:
-The calculations for converting kgs of clothes into saved carbon assume 100% reuse rate
- The tree is more than 10yrs old i.e. it is not a sapling
** average bag net avoided emissions are 118kgCO2e

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