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Striving for Sustainability at Barnardo’s

We’re committed to protecting the environment and ensuring future generations have access to the same resources we do. But we believe everyone has a part to play in promoting sustainability. That’s why we’ve implemented several initiatives within our stores, meaning both our staff and customers feel good about the impact they’re making on the planet.


At Barnardo's, we're committed to protecting the environment and promoting sustainability.

By sending material for recovery and recycling, we have saved 2,073,372.8Kwh of energy which is enough to power 443 households for an entire year!

Why Sustainability Matters at Barnardo’s

Promoting sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint at Barnardo’s means we can contribute to slowing down climate change, ensuring the future looks bright for generations to come.

Our recycling and sustainability initiatives:

At Barnardo's, we're constantly looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact and promote sustainable practices. Here are just a few of the initiatives we've implemented:

  • We recycle damaged donations to our retail shops including textiles, shoes, books, DVDs and CDs. In addition to this, we recycle plastics, cardboard, metal and electrical items.
  • We’ve switched to sugar poly carrier bags which are carbon neutral in manufacture and 100% recyclable.
  • Sustainable Procurement: Single-use plastics are out, sustainable packaging is in. We reuse cardboard boxes from our stores to distribute stock from our warehouses.
  • Energy Efficiency: We launched our first colleague energy efficiency campaign in November 2022 to lower our energy consumption across all our services.
  • Travel: To reduce carbon emissions produced by Barnardo’s, we encourage staff and volunteers to use public transport, walk, or cycle to work.
  • Education and Awareness: We're committed to raising awareness of environmental issues and promoting sustainable practices among our staff, volunteers, and service users. That’s why we launched sustainability updates to ensure everyone is kept in-the-loop with our initiatives.
  • Waste Management: Working closely with our waste and recycling contractors, we’re reducing general waste and upping our recycling efforts. We are also reducing the number of journeys from our waste collectors to reduce our Co2 emissions.
  • Other schemes include ink and toner and battery recycling which resulted in 847kg of batteries recycled in 2022-23.

Get Involved!

Start your sustainability journey today and donate your preloved items to Barnardo's. Together, we can create a more sustainable future for all.

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