Frequently Asked Questions

Checkout our frequently asked questions below. If you still can't find your answer, please contact us.

What is Bag2School?

Bag2School is not a charity organisation. It is a business, which specialises in collecting and buying quality second-hand clothes in their original condition, which are then sold to wholesalers in emerging nations. Read more about who we are.

Which areas do you cover?

We operate in England, Scotland and Wales. If you are not sure please contact one of our Bag2School co-ordinators on 01609 780 222. Collections in Northern Ireland are possible, please contact our sister company on tel. 074 9373330 or email address bag2schoolireland@gmail.com.

Where do the clothes go?

Mostly they are shipped to Eastern Europe where a wholesaler then sorts them and sells them to market traders and boutiques at affordable prices. Read more about what happens to your clothing.

How much does it cost to set up a collection?

All collections and associated administration is FREE. Bag2School will provide you with clear bags and marketing material to promote your fundraiser.

What are we able to collect?

Please check out our items we accept page for a full list of items that we can and can’t accept for recycling.

How much do you pay per kilo or tonne of clothing?

We offer the best market price 40p per kilo which is £400 per tonne of clothing.

What is the difference between Reuse, Recycle and Reduce?

Bag2School's clothing is for reuse, i.e. someone will buy the clothing to wear. Recycle is where clothing will be shredded into raw material, that will then be used to make new products, like mattress fillings. Reduce is applicable when less material and energy is used to make the product.

Why should we give each pupil a bag rather than one per family?

The success of the collection depends on how motivated the pupils turn out to be. Therefore each child is given the responsibility by Bag2School to fill up their own bag and take it back to school.

There is no storage at school, so how will it work for us?

Many schools do not have storage space to store bags of clothing for an extended period. All clothing can be brought to the school before 9am on the collection date. The collection will take place between 9am - 1pm circumventing any storage problems - the bags can be held outside, but the bags must be kept dry.

What if it rains?

In the event of inclement weather please protect your B2S investment by covering with a plastic sheet or storing the bags undercover. Wet clothes cannot be re-used.

How often may we organise a collection with Bag2School?

As far as Bag2School is concerned, as many times as this is opportune and feasible. Most schools benefit from a summer and winter collection. However, in larger schools we find once a term produces the best results. We find that the pupils and their parents anticipate by saving up for the following collections.

Do you have any tips or resources for promoting my collection?

We do indeed – head over our promotion tips page for ideas on how to make the most from your collection, banners and flyers that you can print out.

Has your question not been answered yet? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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