Sustainable September

To coincide with World Clean-Up day on 17 September, we are asking our members to take a look at home and make a donation of items they no longer use or need. We are also encouraging everyone to buy second hand items throughout September.

  • Date:

    30 Sep 2022

  • Time:

    Any time

  • Location:

    Your organisation's premises

  • Price:



We believe in helping local communities and protecting our planet. Through our new campaign, Sustainable September, you can help by donating items to local charity shops and buying second hand items throughout September.

In Northern Ireland, we throw out 500 tonnes a week in textiles, equal to each person throwing out 3.6kg a week¹. Supporting charity shops helps to keep clothes out of landfill, and lets you refresh your wardrobe without costing the earth.

A tidier space can make for a more relaxed mind and there are mental health benefits to decluttering your home. Research has shown that it is an easy way to reduce stress, make you feel calmer, happier and more in control².

We’ve teamed up with local charities Age NI, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Focus NI and NI Hospice for Sustainable September, a campaign that aims to highlight the benefits of supporting charity shops, reducing waste by buying pre-loved items and de-cluttering your home.

Sustainable September is available for Business in the Community members only.

How it works
Register your interest and our team will contact you to discuss next steps. You can choose a time period in September that suits your organisation, and we’ll provide you with resources to advertise Sustainable September to your staff, and share what you are doing on social media. Details of how to drop off donations will be confirmed in due course.

Volunteering opportunities are also available with some charity shops, please email Chloe Denning if you are interested. Opportunities will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Items that can be accepted include:

  • Good quality clean clothes & shoes
  • Homeware (china, kitchenware, ornaments, pictures)
  • Books
  • Jewellery
  • Toys
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Curtains & linens
  • Small electric goods in working order
  • Musical instruments
  • Bicycles

Items that cannot be accepted are:

  • Anything broken or incomplete
  • Prams, buggies, high chairs & cots
  • Children’s car seats & booster seats
  • Mattresses
  • Medical equipment
  • Safety headgear

For more information, please email


²No place like home: Home Tours Correlate with Daily Patterns of Mood and Cortisol by Darby E Saxbe and Rena Repetti | January 2010