This year, we're adding a new dimension to our hanger recycling programme. When you leave your hangers at the till point as you pay, not only are you helping to protect the environment, you're helping children too - the more money we save through hanger recycling, the more we can donate to UNICEF, the world's leading children's charity.
Recycling a hanger means we don't have to make a new one, saving money and valuable raw materials. Last year we collected 152 million clothes hangers, saving 15,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide - now we're aiming for an additional 50 million a year.
We'll donate 57p to UNICEF UK (Reg. Charity No. 1072612), for each box of hangers recycled, and aim to donate at least £650,000 per year over the next three years to help UNICEF transform the lives of children and families around the world. Starting in Bangladesh, UNICEF will pilot a new programme to reach some of the poorest children and their communities in 2 districts of the country - Mymensingh and Dhaka. These projects aim to improve every aspect of their lives, including providing health care, access to clean drinking water, and ensuring an education for children within these communities.
You can help by remembering to leave your hangers for recycling every time you shop. Just 1 box of hangers for recycling could provide a child with clean water for a fortnight, 3 boxes could provide life saving food for a malnourished child for a year, while 25 boxes could give a child who has never been to school a month's vital basic education.
UNICEF UK Ambassador Cat Deeley is pleased to be supporting UNICEF's campaign with M&S. "I've seen for myself the incredible work UNICEF does every day and we couldn't do it without committed partners like M&S," she says.
So, on your next shopping trip, leave the hangers at the till and help transform lives.
On average, one box contains 162 hangers.
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Ethically Sourced Tote Bag
We've teamed up with Unicef UK to create an ethically sourced tote bag designed by legendary designer Barbara Hulanicki. These have been created exclusively for M&S to raise funds for Unicef UK and are all made using recycled fabric. We've worked exclusively with one of our suppliers, London Linen, to utilise recycled fabric reclaimed from hotel and restaurant table linens to make the bags. All profits from the bag will go towards the vital work of Unicef UK's Children in Danger campaign which aims to keep children safe around the world.
Designer Barbara said: “ The idea behind the tote bag was to create something stylish yet ethical and I’m proud that we’ve achieved that. Everyone who buys the bag from M&S will raise funds to help Unicef UK keep children safe and I wanted to reflect that in the design with the image of two children and a heart. I also love that the bag is made from recycled table linen material.”
This bag provides a great alternative to plastic carrier bags, and is available online here: