IT’S MUCH EASIER THAN YOU THINK TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
What if donating to a charity was as easy as a reverse online shopping experience? What if, when donating to a charity, you were also recycling the packaging your goods were sent in?
The UK tots up a staggering 31 million tons of household waste every year – that’s enough to fill 3 and a half million double decker busses! We all clearly need to make changes to bring these figures down.
ONE PERSON’S TRASH IS ANOTHER PERSON’S TREASURE
Through our partnership with Give Back Box, we’re proud to announce that you’ll be able to recycle the cardboard boxes we send you, while also donating to those in need. It helps that the process is so simple. All you need to do is fill your Feast Box with unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, books – anything that you think will bring joy to someone’s life! Simply print off a label using the link below, drop the box at your nearest CollectPlus and send it (free of charge) to your charity of choice.
This pretty effortless process could seriously make a difference to both the environment and the quality of someone’s life.
As we tread deeper into the winter months, the weather conditions for many vulnerable people across the UK grows increasingly threatening. To distract yourself from the impending hanger while you await Christmas dinner, why not spend a bit of time going through your wardrobe? Ask yourself, when was the last time you wore that jumper? Could it find a better home? Something as simple as a warm layer could help an elderly person get through the winter.
Then there’s the unwanted gift. Obviously, it’s the thought that counts, but rather than letting it remain unwanted or unused, simply pack it away in your empty Feast Box, drop it off at the nearest CollectPlus and donate it to any charity of your choice. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
Lego Makes it Easier to Donate Old Bricks to Charity
It’s no secret we love Lego here at Giz UK. You can build voice-controlled robots with them, recreate your favourite scenes from Star Wars and even make your own custom minifigure. But one thing you can’t do, because of the type of plastic they are made from, is recycle them easily.
That’s why Lego encourages those who want to get rid of old bricks to donate them, either to a charity or your local school or nursery. But now they’re going to make that just a little bit easier, at least in the US.
In collaboration with Give Back Box, they’ve launched the Lego Replay scheme, which will take any and all used Lego bricks, even great big Duplo, and give them to Teach For America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. The bricks don’t need to come in full sets and you don’t even need to clean the gunk off them. All you have to is put them in a cardboard box, print off a free shipping label from their website and drop it off at a local shipping office, whatever that is. Give Back Box will then clean them, discard any that are too damaged or disfigured to reuse and pass them on to the two charities, who will distribute them to classrooms and after-school programmes.
It’s just a pilot at the moment, but if it’s successful Lego has promised to evaluate an expansion of the scheme next year, which hopefully means it’ll hit the UK before we all drown under a tide of colourful plastic.
ALDO and GIVE BACK BOX
Put your ALDO box (and old shoes & handbags) to good use and make a positive contribution to both the environment and people in need!
We strongly believe in the joy a new pair of shoes brings. Still, we can’t ignore the societal and environmental impacts of our industry. Working with Give Back Box is one of many steps we’re taking to reduce waste and support those in need. Sure, we have a long (long) way to go to make large-scale, meaningful change, but we are proud to face these challenges head on and help lead the way. Join us as we partner with Give Back Box to make a difference for the planet and for people in your community! As a special thank you, we are pleased to offer you 15% off your next purchase, once Give Back Box has received your donations.
AirAmbulance and GIVE BACK BOX
We’re excited to introduce Give Back Box, who have made donating pre-loved clothes more convenient.
Who are Give Back Box?
Founded by Monika Wiela in Chicago in 2012, the inspiration for Give Back Box came when she encountered a homeless man who was asking for shoes. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to get a pair to him before he had moved on later that day, but it opened her eyes to how many empty boxes were stored at a factory she was working at.
After further research, the realisation of the number of clothes that end up in landfill birthed the idea to tie the two together; help those in need and reduce waste.
How does Give Back Box Work?
It couldn’t be much simpler! Find an empty box that suits your needs and sort out all of the quality, pre-loved items that you want to pack up.n Next, visit the website to order a FREE post label that will be emailed to you. Your label will highlight which charity will benefit from your donations.n Print off and attach to your box.
Drop off at your nearest Post Office then sit back and relax in the knowledge you’ve done something wonderful.
The Give Back Box platform is open in UK
Give Back Box® was founded in 2012 by
Monika Wiela, who at the time was running an online shoe store. The idea
was inspired by a homeless man she encountered in Chicago, who was
holding up a sign saying he needed a pair of shoes. Wiela returned later
that day with shoes for him, but he was gone. She spent that night
thinking about what she could do with all the empty boxes in her
warehouse and also help people like that man, and a new social
enterprise was born.
As Wiela researched further, she learned that, an estimated 11 million
tons of clothing, footwear, towels, bedding, drapery, and other textiles
end up in U.S. landfills every year. In addition, online shopping is
now the preferred method for much of the buying public. Corrugated boxes
are the dominant packaging method for e-commerce. With this knowledge,
Wiela’s mission crystalized. If online retailers would use Give Back
Box, shipping boxes and other items could be used a second time prior to
being recycled. The impact would be remarkable.
Wiela’s first step to bring her dream to reality was to find a nonprofit
with a national footprint that could accept donations on a grand scale.
The organization would have to be able to not only accept used clothing
but other items that people wanted to donate. The nonprofit enterprise
also needed to have a program to recycle the boxes that it would
receive, further limiting landfill waste.
The first major retailer to join Give Back Box was Newegg.com.
The retailer placed Give Back Box fliers in all the boxes shipped to
its customers. The flier recommended that customers re-use the boxes
their purchases came in and fill them with clothes, accessories and
household items, then ship them to local charities using pre-paid
shipping labels. The local charities developed a system to track the
packages, so when they received the boxes and scanned them in, tax
receipts were generated for appropriate donors.
Give Back Box® has also teamed up with some of the biggest retailers in
the U.S., including Overstock, Amazon, Loft, REI, Levi’s, Asics, Ann
Taylor, Uncommongoods, Nordstrom, Viva Terra, Ecru, Bonobos, Scrubs
& Beyond, eBags, Lou & Grey and many others.
The Give Back Box platform is open for any retailer who joins as a
partner. It is open for donors as well, with the option to chose
charity. The charities stocks their shelves with the donations, and the
revenues help fund its mission of helping people in need reach their
full potential through learning and the power of work. The charities
also recycle every box that arrives at their facilities.
Give Back Box has truly created a new method of waste diversion for retailers because, in addition to creating a secondary use for the shipping box and guaranteeing that it will be recycled, it helps clear closets, create jobs and offer more companies and their customers an opportunity to recycle.