Second Life

28/04/2010 at 11:31 am | Posted in Recycling | Leave a comment

If we re-use things, instead of buying new, we save money, but also save the energy, water, transport and material required to make new things. In Balsall Heath there are some exciting initiatives to give everything a ‘second life’.

Great Green Clothes Swap
People bring clothes they don’t wear any more to and swap them. No buying and selling; you just swap what you don’t want for what you do want. Separate adult and children’s clothes events are being organised at the Balsall Heath Church Centre, Edward Road .

Charity Shop
Balsall Heath’s only charity shop is to be opened soon by Jericho Foundation on Edward Road. They already have a stock of clothes, books, games, household goods donated. The shop will be used to train unemployed people in retailing skills (0121 440 7919).

Cycle workshop
This will be based at Jericho Foundation, using donated cycle tools to repair old bicycles and sell them at reasonable prices, to get people cycling. Again, this will be a training scheme for unemployed people (0121 440 7919).

Plant recycling
Residents are donating spare plants from their gardens to the Community Garden Centre on St Paul’s Road, which are sold on to others to plant out and enjoy (0121 446 6183 email: admin(at)


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