I discovered an alarming fact yesterday, that quality, knitted/ crocheted items (jumpers, toys, etc.) donated to charity shops have to be placed in the textile recycling and cannot be resold, if they do not have the required safety/ care labels.
DONATING TO CHARITY SHOPS UK : Guidelines state: 'If you are not sure whether your clothes can be re-sold – donate them anyway – whatever clothes a charity shop can’t sell they can send off for further re-use or recycling!'
When I make items for charity raffles and sale tables etc. I always try to include the important safety information.
- Keep your yarn/ ball bands which supply much of the relevant information on care, including washing and drying instructions.
- Wool also has a British Standard Code: (e.g. Complies with BS984)
- Toy filling must not be Kapok or old stockings. It must comply with British Safety Standards, so that it is hypoallergenic with flame retardant properties.
- Any small accessories that could detach and consequently choke or injure a child, including wire armatures, should also be mentioned in a warning on the label; stating what it contains and that the item is, therefore, UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3YRS.
There are plenty of charities that accept knitted and crocheted items: