30% rise in demand for second-hand goods: Salvation Army [News]

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.

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Source: Channel NewsAsia

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