Repurposing Unwanted Privacy Curtains at Speke Neighbourhood Health Centre

Last October, Danielle Gann, ORM for Speke Neighbourhood Health Centre, donated 20 unwanted privacy curtains to Porchfield Community Centre in Croxteth for their weekly Craft Classes.

Speke Neighbourhood Health Centre recently made the switch from fabric to disposable curtains and the unwanted fabric curtains were at risk of going to landfill. By donating the curtains to the Porchfield Community Centre, CHP were able to avoid throwing all this fabric away and it also provided some much-needed material for the craft class to use.

The Craft Class meet every Monday in the community centre and the class members created some fantastic items from the curtains, including decorations and even some clothing items.

The statistics surrounding textiles going to landfill are startling.

In 2017, 921,000 tonnes of used textiles ended up in the household residual waste of which 336,000 tonnes was used clothing. About 620,000 tonnes of used textiles were collected for re-use and recycling in 2018.  There is a smaller amount of used textiles found in the commercial residual waste stream.

It is estimated that there were around 267,000 tonnes of used textiles in the commercial municipal residual waste in England in 2017.

Another study in 2020 discovered the UK is the fourth largest producer of textile waste in Europe. The clothing industry in the United Kingdom is the third biggest in Europe in relative terms, representing 3.1% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Out of the 3.1kg of textile waste each Briton produces every year, only 0.3kg are recycled and 0.4 kg are reused. However, 0.8kg are incinerated yearly per person and 1.7kg are disposed of in landfills.

The United Kingdom is second in terms of annual spending on new clothing, with an average of £980.50 per person.

CHP are committed to reducing and recycling waste as part of it’s Green Plan.

CHP Green Plan - a greener CHP, a greener NHS (PDF)

In March 2022, CHP published our 'Green Plan: A Greener CHP a Greener NHS'. We are embedding our Green Plan into our business, committing resources, supporting staff taking action to ensure it is a success.

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