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M&S and Oxfam Clothes Exchange programme
Jan '08
Marks & Spencer and Oxfam have joined forces to launch the M&S and Oxfam Clothes Exchange, the biggest programme in the UK to encourage consumers to recycle their clothes. The Exchange is designed to both raise money for Oxfam's work to tackle poverty and injustice and to reduce the one million tonnes of clothing sent by the public to landfill in the UK each year. The announcement marks the first anniversary of Plan A, M&S' 'eco-plan'.

As part of the M&S and Oxfam Clothes Exchange, customers making a donation of M&S clothes to Oxfam will receive a voucher worth £5, valid for one month, to use with their next purchase of £35 or more on clothing, homeware or beauty products at M&S. The Exchange will be trialled for six months and reviewed on an ongoing basis, and from 28th January vouchers will be given out in exchange for M&S clothes in Oxfam's 790 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Sir Stuart Rose, Chief Executive, Marks & Spencer said:
“We are pleased that we have teamed up with Oxfam, the UK's biggest charity shop to help customers to raise money for developing countries by recycling their clothes they no longer need. It's a triple win – it's good for customers, good for people in developing countries and good for the environment.”

Barbara Stocking, Director, Oxfam said:
"This partnership is an enormous opportunity and Oxfam is very excited to be working with M&S to help make a real difference to global poverty.

“Recycling and reusing clothes - and anything else we can sell - has always been central to Oxfam's fundraising, as well as being good for the environment. Through our unique textile sorting facility and the resourcefulness and skills of our specialist staff, Oxfam is able to make the most from all the clothes we receive. People's unwanted clothes really will raise much needed money to help people living in poverty.”

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The M&S and Oxfam Clothes Exchange will raise more money for Oxfam to help people escape poverty around the world. This includes dealing with issues in more than 70 countries, ranging from campaigning against unfair trade rules that keep developing countries in poverty, to providing tools, seeds and skills to poor farmers.

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