Every year the Irish Charity Shops Association conducts a Benchmarking Survey with its members to quantify how shops benefit the charity sector, and also their impact on the communities where they operate and on the environment.
The results for 2020 show that, even though it was a year like no other, the impact of charity shops was still very significant.
- €36.5 million sales
- 7 million garments sold
- 8 million customers served
These figures are roughly half those of 2019, as charity shops were only trading for 33 weeks.
- €42 million social impact
- 8,000 volunteers
- 600 people employed through Tús and CE schemes
- 600 people employed
The social impact takes account of the value of volunteer work and the benefit to the community of labour activation schemes.
- 14,775 tonnes diverted from landfill
- Equal to the weight of the Dublin Bus fleet of 1,010 buses
- 106,000 CO₂e tonnes carbon savings
Through sales in their shop charities have diverted 14,775 tonnes of goods from landfill, the equivalent weight of the Dublin bus fleet. This has produced a carbon saving of 106,000 CO₂e tonnes through the reuse of items sold in charity shops.
By shopping in a charity shop you are saving money, saving waste and saving the planet. You are also supporting many good causes as members’ shops raise vital funds for charities nationwide. Many charities have seen an increase in demand for their services during the pandemic so your support is even more important now.
Shop, donate and volunteer in your local charity shop. Visit www.icsa.ie to find your local shop.