Marks & Spencer’s has revealed it is to extend its clothes recycling initiative to UK workplaces.

The ‘shwop’ scheme sees participants rewarded with M&S vouchers after they place unwanted clothes into recycling bins.

The retailer has teamed up with charity Business In The Community to promote the scheme to over 4,000 firms. Companies who have already signed up include B&Q in Southampton, IBM in London and Thames Water in Reading.

Customers of M&S can already take part in the ‘Shwop’ scheme, which was launched in-store in April 2012. However, businesses who sign up will see the introduction of the campaign from next year.

All clothes donated in the scheme, which is headed up by celebrity Joanna Lumley, are donated to Oxfam.

Adam Elman, a spokesman for Marks & Spencer’s told employeebenefits.co.uk: “There’s no excuse for sending textiles to landfill, and that’s why we’re doing everything we can to make it easy for people to recycle with Oxfam.”

Sarah Farquharm, a spokesperson for Oxfam, also added: “Every single item of clothing donated to us from the British public finds a home and helps Oxfam raise money.”

According to plana.marksandspencer.com, the total money raised for Oxfam from the scheme so far is £8 million, which is the equivalent of ten million garments.  

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