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Ethical winter goodies - Oxfam Ireland team up with Save The Duck

Save The Duck 100 percent animal free jackets available in select Oxfam shops

We have all felt the slight chill creep in over the last few weeks.

As we dust off our autumn wear to brace for the changing weather, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new collaboration with Save The Duck, manufacturers of outdoor wear - which will see a colourful range of high-quality 100 percent animal free jackets available in select Oxfam shops from today (Monday, 5th October 2020).

Save The Duck jackets are unique to the Irish market and will be retailing at 60 percent off, yes you heard that right, 60 percent off the recommended retail price! The new range of jackets will be of particular interest to shoppers concerned with environmental and sustainability issues, planet lovers, fashion lovers and outdoorsy adventurers alike.

Save The Duck pride themselves on luxury as ‘a matter of quality of life and connection to the beauty of nature’. The company even set a world record by being the first entirely animal free clothing to ascend Everest in the history of mountaineering. They also became the first fashion brand in Italy to obtain B Corp certification meaning they put social and environmental impact objectives on par with economic-financial ones.

At Save The Duck we take care of the environment and all its inhabitants, promoting a transparent business model that manages natural resources responsibly.

So obviously, we are delighted to bring them to you, our loyal customers, at a fantastic price. Under our 4 Good Sustainable Business model, the collaboration was a natural fit as we both aim to protect our planet and its people, and both believe in transparent business models and the responsible management of natural resources in production processes.

By working with retail businesses like Save The Duck, our network of shops play a part in diverting textiles and other goods from landfill or incineration, and in doing so collaborations like this transform would-be greenhouse gas emissions into vital funds that support communities affected by the climate crisis worldwide.

In addition, by donating end-of-line or excess stock to our retail network, retailers and retail manufacturers extend the life of their products, lower their waste and therefore their carbon footprint by reducing pollutants that end up in our soil, water and air.

The Save The Duck jackets are available from today in select Oxfam shops. To avoid disappointment and bag your unique, ethical winter bargain - that’s ‘Good 4 You, Good 4 the Planet’ – drop in today!

The Save the Duck range will be available in the following Oxfam shops:

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Botanic Avenue; Castle Court; Fountain Street.

Republic of Ireland: Cooks Street, Cork; Dun Laoghaire, Dublin; Galway; Georges Street, Dublin; Malahide, Dublin; Limerick; Rathmines, Dublin; Kilkenny

If you are a retail business or company who wants to learn more about Oxfam Ireland’s 4 Good Sustainable Business initiative or are interested in becoming a Business Leader in Sustainability contact elaine.white@oxfam.org.

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Get your wardrobe winter-ready

Five easy steps to clear the clutter

We can safely say that summer is over for another year. And if you want to get your wardrobe winter-ready, you could start by taking a cold, hard look at all of that clutter.

Our wardrobes are so often packed with clothes that it’s almost impossible to see what’s even in them.

From the jeans you’ll definitely wear as soon as you’ve lost a few pounds, to that ill-fitting dress you panic-bought for a Christmas party, our closets and drawers are full of clothes that will never see the light of day.

So, when your wardrobe has reached breaking point, there’s only one thing to do – declutter!

Top tip: Keep categories of clothing in your wardrobe together so they are easier to see

Five easy steps to clear the clutter

  1. First, take everything – and we mean EVERYTHING – out of your wardrobe and drawers.
  2. Separate the items you need and/or love from everything else. (Top tip: If you haven’t worn an item for a year or more, it might be time to say goodbye. Clothes for special occasions don’t count.)
  3. Put all the items you’re keeping back into the wardrobe, keeping categories of clothes (dresses, tops and trousers, for example) together so that they’re easier to see. (Another top tip: Non-slip hangers will prevent your clothes from falling to the bottom of your decluttered wardrobe.)
  4. Bag all of the items you no longer want.
  5. Drop them off at your local Oxfam shop so that someone else can give them a second life!
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Brand New Winter Coats and Jackets in Oxfam Shops

Oxfam Ireland’s Fantastic Selection of Brand-New Winter Coats and Jackets 2020

Choosing a new winter coat has always been difficult, especially with our quest for comfort, style and durability, not to mention the changing Irish weather. This year your local Oxfam Ireland shop has you covered this Autumn. From September 21st all Oxfam shops will be retailing brand new quality winter coats and jackets.

There is an AMAZING range of styles, sizes, and colours, so you are sure to find a fantastic winter warmer to suit you and all the family. 

It is our best selection of great quality coats and jackets EVER and even better prices - adults range starting at €20/£15. This range is exclusive to Oxfam Ireland shops, so you will not be able to get them anywhere else. *Stock of each coat varies from shop to shop. Even better, you are helping to support Oxfam’s work. Helping people lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. These coats really are a winter warmer.

We are so excited about the launch of our NEW winter range, visit your local Oxfam today to pick up one!

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Reasons to volunteer with your local Oxfam shop

Countless businesses across the country faced the sad reality of having to close their doors due to COVID-19. But what if your business is also a home away from home for people from all walks of life?

At the heart of Oxfam Ireland Shops, there is a network of dedicated staff and volunteers – all working together to beat poverty. They play a vital role in supporting Oxfam’s global work - and now our global response to COVID-19 – while also providing a solution to throwaway fashion by saving items from ending up in landfills here in Ireland. They are planet and people protectors.

I had a chat with my colleague Tina, Shop Manager, about reopening for business and what she missed the most during lockdown.

Q: How long have you worked with Oxfam Ireland?

A: I have worked in Oxfam for two years.

Q: What was your motivation for applying for the job?

A: My motivation in applying for the job was to work for a charity who’s aim was to alleviate poverty. I also wanted to challenge myself in a shop environment after acquiring my qualification in speech and language and special needs. I looked forward to working with volunteers and those who are on schemes such as CE and Tus. I hoped I could help teach them new skills, which may help them in the future. Another reason I applied for the job was to work somewhere that I could create a happy, inclusive environment for all my team members who I could not be without as they are all fantastic!

Q: How did it feel to have to close your shop?

A: I felt so disappointed but it was something that was out of my control and it was of course for the best to protect everyone. I felt guilty telling my volunteers that we had to close as I knew some would be upset but from a health and safety point of view it was the right thing to do.

Q: What did you miss the most?

A: I missed my routine every day. Most of all I missed my team and all their little stories and chats that we would have as we went about our work. It was difficult having less communication with my colleagues in other shops too as we often share ideas on how to layout our shops or promotions. That’s really important to me as I pride myself in doing the very best I can to make as much money as possible for those who are in need and the project work Oxfam carries out. I missed the smiles and waves from customers and volunteers in my store as that makes my day.

Q: What were you looking forward to when you reopened your doors?

A: I looked forward to seeing my volunteers and customers again. They always have a smile and bring happiness into the store, which makes me feel very lucky to work with Oxfam. I know there will be new challenges now but I hope to have a beautiful, bright, summer store and that we can bring some nice summer bargains to everyone in Kilkenny.

Q: What is the best thing about working in a charity shop?

A: Its great to work with a diverse group of people who all have particular skills, which help the store to do really well. I have those who look after individual areas and I would be lost without them as they help me everyday and they make the store really! I am only with Oxfam two years but I have seen my store get better all the time all thanks my volunteers, scheme workers and the support of our donors who give us great quality clothing, books and bric-a-brac. We also have lots of regular customers who we cherish as they keep our store alive and successful too.

Q: What has been your best moment in the shop?

A: Celebrating Oxfam Kilkenny’s 20th anniversary was the best moment. Many of my volunteers who have been here since we opened were acknowledged for all their hard work, dedication and support down through the years. We had a little party with cake, flowers and plenty of tea! Everyone had a great time!

Q: How can people help your business bounce back?

A: My store can’t survive without our community. We depend on donors for stock and customers to buy it so I would encourage everyone to try visit our store to support in anyway you can. For others who wish to give their time, we always welcome new volunteers to our store. We have a really lovely team here. You’re guaranteed to meet lovely, friendly people and you can help in a variety of ways within the store!

Q: Is there anything you would like to say to your customers and/or volunteers?

A: I would like to say a huge thank you for all your support over the past number of years. Thank you to all my team for being such a lovely crew to work with. I also want to thank all the customers that donated and continue to donate clothes bric-a-brac etc. We are open for business now and all are very welcome.

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