OXFAM’S Wastesaver depot in Huddersfield collected and sorted more than 120 tonnes of clothing every week delivered from the charity’s shops and clothes banks all over the country.
The Beck Road factory sorted items for sale or to be recycled. Some of the items at the Beck Road unit were shipped out to developing countries.
The depot was also a regular destination for working designers who wanted to create ethical fashion.
Wastesaver began as a social enterprise back in 1974 and was run by the council to recycle a number of materials, fabrics included.
Oxfam, founded in 1942, was the first organisation to open a charity shop and today it has more than 700 across the country as well as a variety of enterprises connected with recycling.