- Last year Marie Curie received 639,715 bags of donated goods and textiles from the public
- Over 1.9 million people chose to shop with them in their 133 retail stores
- Annually they save over 1,800 tons of textile from going to landfill
Marie Curie has 133 charity shops throughout the UK, to find your nearest store click here: www.google.com/maps/search/marie+curie+shop.
As well as shopping for a great outfit at a great price, customers can also help the charity maintain a cycle of sustainability by donating their own undamaged, high-quality items, such as clothes, accessories and homewares. This also helps them raise money to fund nursing hours, to provide vital care to those living with a terminal illness.
Their ‘Handbags and glad rags’ initiative, launched during the pandemic, also enables those who can’t reach a store the ability to donate by either downloading a freepost label or arrange a collection from their home, find more information here: www.mariecurie.org.uk/donate/charity-shops.
And for shoppers who can’t reach a store they also offer great pre-loved items on their online Marie Curie eBay and Depop stores.
Online marketplaces are an ideal way to shop for unique pre-loved, sustainable pieces for every style, as well as being a convenient way to shop outside of normal opening hours and still support your favourite charities at the same time.
During 2021, re-commerce on eBay (the selling of previously owned previously owned items through online marketplaces to buyers who re-use them) grew faster than new items with 80% of Generation Z buying pre-loved items during 2021 (Source: Eve Williams, Chief Marketing Officer – UK eBay, eBay Open 2022), showing a clear shift in the way people are now shopping and a growing trend in demand for pre-loved fashion.