Buy Nothing New Day at Emmaus Hampshire boosts local economy through upcycled shopping
Homelessness charity, Emmaus Hampshire is calling on local people to ditch Black Friday and join others across the country to support the sustainable and affordable Buy Nothing New Day, held this year on 27 November.
In contrast to Black Friday, which sees customers rush to make impulse purchases as retailers slash their prices, Buy Nothing New Day encourages customers to shop more ethically, using their spending power to have a positive impact.
One way to do that is to buy pre-loved, upcycled gifts from independent local charities. Emmaus Hampshire sells a wide-range of good-quality pre-loved items, including furniture, clothing and bric a brac. While its shops in Winchester, Eastleigh and Shirley are closed through lockdown, the charity is selling items online and will take your calls on 01962 868300 for click and collect services.
The funds generated from selling donated items helps Emmaus to provide a home, meaningful work, daily support and funded training for people who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion.
Emmaus Hampshire has seen a very recent higher demand for its services and is keen to ensure it has the funds in place to support even more homeless people. Its list of top upcycled sellers at Christmas includes dining tables, spare dining chairs, sofas and, this year especially, work from home desks!
Chief executive, Nigel Samuels said: “When you shop with Emmaus, you not only support ex-homeless people in our community, you also benefit the local environment by helping us recycle over 450 tonnes of furniture a year.”
To find out more about Emmaus Hampshire visit www.emmaushampshire.org.uk. For up-to-date information about Emmaus shops and opening hours, call 01962 868300.
The charity is accepting donations of clothes and books during lockdown. These can be left at its recycling bank at Bar End Site, Winchester.