30% rise in demand for second-hand goods: Salvation Army [News]
By Vimita Mohandas, Channel NewsAsia, 2 Jan 2015
The Salvation Army, which operates family thrift stores as part of its mission to provide holistic care to those in need, said it has seen a 30 per cent rise in demand for second-hand goods over the last five years.
The stores, which are run by Salvation Army’s social enterprise arm – Red Shield Industries – help to re-use, recycle and restore donations in kind from the public and corporations. The income generated is used to help the less fortunate.
The increase in demand for the second-hand goods could be due to donors giving away more sophisticated and pricier goods, compared to donations in the past which tended to be mostly clothes.
Source: Channel NewsAsia