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Liz Earle brings charity shopping to Italy

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Because staying stylish doesn’t have to cost the Earth…

Charity ShoppingNot only is charity shopping eco-friendly, it’s also a lot of fun, especially as vintage-chic is so in right now. So you can imagine our delight when we spoke to Liz Earle and co of LiveTwice to find out about how they’re bringing charity shopping to Italy.

The beauty expert told us:

“It was a surprise to us to discover that charity shops are almost unheard of in Italy. Walk down any Italian high street and you won’t find the plethora of Oxfam, Save the Children, Red Cross, Mencap, Scope etc that spring up especially during economic hard- times.

The LiveTwice charity shop is on the upstairs floor of a community centre in Umbria. People bring in all the usual things, mostly cast-off clothes, shoes and toys plus a few household goods. These are then sold for a few Euros, or in some cases just given away to those who come into the community centre who are in need.

The Italians seemed a little bemused by it all at first, but word is spreading as more impoverished people are coming in to buy bargains and the better-off come in to re-cycle their clothes.”

We’d like to give Liz Earle and the whole team a massive thumbs up for their awesome efforts to spread the word of clothes recycling and charity shopping. We also love their new charity LiveTwice.

They work with people of all ages both in the UK and abroad, teaching skills, providing access to education, inspiring and mentoring within safe environments, and empowering many to make the most of their lives for themselves and their families.

That’s a whole lot of good in one article!

frankensteinHere comes the science bit…

GC articles show you one of four ways (the one in bold) to live greener…

/ Be a winner (not a binner) /
/ Turn up the style (not the heat) /
/ Love the trend (not the spend) /
Do it in public (not the car/plane) /

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