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M&S and Oxfam Shwopping

Shwopping. Ordinary Clothes Made Extraordinary.

Oxfam and M&S launched Shwopping to make it even easier to give your unwanted clothes a second life.

Every Shwopped item makes a difference and Oxfam knows how to make the most money out of every single item. Unwanted clothes donated by the public to Oxfam shops or in M&S stores are turned into millions of pounds every year - whether by selling them in our shops, selling them overseas or recycling them - nothing ends up in landfill.

Since the partnership began in 2008 over 24 million garments have been donated in M&S and Oxfam shops, worth an estimated £16 million for Oxfam.

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There are two ways to go Shwopping

Donate your unwanted clothes in Oxfam shops

Bring in your unwanted clothes and receive a £5 M&S voucher off a £35 spend on clothing, home and beauty products in M&S stores as long as your donation contains at least one item of M&S labelled clothing or M&S soft furnishings (excludes sale and clearance items) Terms and conditions

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Donate your unwanted clothes to us at M&S

Next time you pop into M&S, put any item of clothing you no longer wear (even if it's not from M&S)  into one of the 'Shwop drops'.

Find your nearest participating M&S store here

Oxfam and M&S

Shwopping is the latest development in Oxfam's longstanding partnership with M&S. Together, we've already raised more than £16 million to fight poverty - with your help, we can do even more.

Fatima Bintu Camara, 18

Some of the money raised from Shwopping last year could have helped fight Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Fatima Bintu Camara, 18

Fatima is a member of her school's hygiene promotion group and a boarder at the local Educaid high school in Port Loko. Children attending the Oxfam supported high school use the taps to wash and clean their teeth in the morning before class. The high school, which has 600 boarders, has received an innovative solar powered water pump, a water tank, tap stands and toilets. Regular hygiene classes are also now part of the curriculum, run by their hygiene promotion group at the school.

During the Ebola crisis the Educaid School quarantined itself to prevent the spread of the disease. None of its students caught Ebola.

''With Oxfam' support we now have proper sanitation facilities in school. We are also trained on how to maintain our hygiene practices and to maintain these facilities for a long time to come. We now have clean bathrooms and it's now possible to wash well. We are feeling full of energy. We now have facilities, like brushes to clean and towels to dry our hands. So after cleaning we use those things to clean the place and dry the place off.

"Oxfam has come into our life like a family and now we have six taps. We even have a tap in the kitchen and we can just go to a tap and wash our hands. With the help of you people Ebola is staying away from us.

"Oxfam has taught us how to know about Ebola, the signs the symptoms, and now we are thankful we are safe from Ebola because of everyday practice of washing our hands frequently and having soap available.

"What do I want to be in future? I want to be a doctor, a surgery doctor. During Ebola we lost lots of doctors."

Here's what happens to your Shwopping donations

Perfect partners

Oxfam and M&S are perfect partners. M&S knows Oxfam makes the most of every donation. And here at Oxfam, we know M&S is committed to reducing the number of clothes that end up in landfill - plus they're big supporters of our work fighting poverty.

However you choose to shwop - whether it's by bringing your unwanted M&S clothes to Oxfam or by dropping off your old clothes at M&S when you buy something new - it's an extremely convenient way to donate to Oxfam.

We've set ourselves the ultimate goal of recycling as many clothes as M&S sells - hundreds of millions of clothes each year!

Shwopping video

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Terms and conditions for Shwopping in Oxfam shops

You'll be given a £5 voucher when you make a donation to an Oxfam Shop and the donation contains at least one item of M&S-labelled clothing (including shoes, handbags, belts, hats and scarves) or M&S-labelled soft furnishings (bed linen, towels, cushions, curtains, throws, aprons, tablecloths and napkins). This offer does not include donations of the following M&S clothing: swimwear, underwear, socks, or damaged or soiled items. Only one voucher will be issued per visit.

Vouchers are subject to M&S's terms and conditions which are detailed below.

  • The voucher entitles you to £5 off when you spend £35 or more on clothing, home and beauty products in participating M&S stores, excluding sales and clearance items.
  • In the Republic of Ireland the voucher entitles you to €7 off when you spend €50 or more on clothing, home and beauty products and is valid in Marks & Spencer stores in the Republic of Ireland, excluding sales and clearance items.
  • Only one voucher can be used for each transaction of £35 (€50) or more.
  • The voucher is redeemable only during the calendar month stated on the voucher.
  • The voucher is not redeemable against sales and clearance items, technology, domestic appliances, Gift Cards and vouchers, M&S tailoring services, Made to Measure shirts, Personalised Cards, M&S Energy, M&S Money products and services, M&S Food and Marks and Spencer Outlet Online.
  • The voucher is valid in Marks and Spencer stores in the UK and Channel Islands (excluding BP Connect Stores) only.
  • The voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other M&S discount voucher or code.
  • Valid instore on presentation of the original voucher at time of purchase.
  • Original voucher must be handed in for in store redemption.
  • The voucher can only be used once only in a single transaction in store.
  • One voucher only per transaction.
  • Voucher is strictly non-transferable and cannot be sold or exchanged for cash.
  • Cannot be used to pay Credit Card or Chargecard balances.
  • Refunds will take into account this discount.
  • Marks & Spencer reserves the right to reject the voucher with reasonable cause.