Oxfam saves over 7000 tonnes of clothing from landfill every year

Oxfam estimates that it is saving 7200 tonnes of clothing from going into landfill every year thanks to its Wastesaver processing plant. Oxfam is one of the only charities to operate its own textile sorting facility. Donations of clothing that remain unsold in Oxfam’s shops are sent for processing at the Wastesaver facility in Batley, West Yorkshire to maximise revenue and minimise landfill. Oxfam is urging people to donate goods to their local Oxfam shop as a sustainable way of dealing with unwanted possessions. None of the textiles that arrive…

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Oxfam’s response to The International Development Select Committee’s report ‘Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector’

Responding to The International Development Select Committee’s report Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector, Caroline Thomson, Oxfam Chair of Trustees, said: “Today’s report makes for incredibly painful reading for me, for everyone at Oxfam and for the aid sector as a whole. Oxfam exists to help improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people; we know we failed to protect vulnerable women in Haiti, and we accept we should have reported more clearly at the time – for that we are truly sorry. We have made improvements…

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UK supermarkets squeezing millions of the poorest farmers and workers in their supply chains

Millions of people who produce the food for supermarkets are trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions, with many going hungry, according to a new report on global supermarket supply chains, published by Oxfam. Ripe for Change highlights how supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Aldi and Lidl, are increasingly squeezing the price they pay their suppliers with less and less of the price paid at the till reaching the small-scale farmers and workers who produce the food. This, coupled with the weakening influence of small-scale farmers and workers,…

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Nation’s favourite authors reveal the books that changed their lives

Dolly Alderton, Tracy Chevalier, Philippa Gregory, Paula Hawkins, Nick Hornby, David Nicholls, and Tara Westover are some of the nation’s best-selling authors who today reveal the books that changed their lives. All are donating books to Oxfam to boost sales in Oxfam shops and raise money for the charity’s life-changing work fighting poverty to beat it, for good. They are joined by more of the biggest names in the book world including Margaret Atwood, Germaine Greer, Mark Haddon, Victoria Hislop, DJ Greg James, Judith Kerr, Marina Lewycka, Jojo Moyes, Lisa…

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UK immigration statistics: charities call for change to restrictive rules on refugee family reunion

Commenting on the Home Office quarterly immigration statistics today, Amnesty International UK, British Red Cross, Oxfam and the Refugee Council said in a statement: “That 1,950 refugees living in the UK have been able to be reunited with the family members they desperately miss and need is great news. First-hand experience tells us that reuniting refugee families gives them the best chance of living settled and fulfilling lives. “But the fact remains that many refugees are not able to pass the current restrictive rules and complicated process which is difficult…

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