Eco Shop Success - Kinnaird Primary School, Falkirk

'An Eco Swap Shop initiative was started by a parent in 2010. The parent had served as a PTA, Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary over a nine year period. 

Parents and carers were asked to donate school uniforms no longer used by their children.  Parents could pick any school uniform for a donation (any amount). The Eco Swap Shop, as it was called by the parent who started the project, was a huge success right from the start. Posters were made to publicise the initiative. Parents and carers shared and communicated the news within the Kinnaird Community.

Leaflets were also made up and put in the school reception area so existing and new parents and carers are aware of the scheme.  Parents and Carers in the Kinnaird community and beyond were involved.

The parent ran the Eco Swap Shop from 2010 to 2015. In 2015, the shop was run by another parent who was the Vice Chair of the PTA (2016-2018) and the name changed to the Eco Shop.

The PTA Team of 2017/18 appealed for more unused uniforms in May 2018. The unclaimed lost uniforms were also included so the PTA basically ran a laundry service to ensure 'lost' items were saleable. These ladies, a team of about eight, sorted, washed and ironed items during the summer holidays of 2018.

From August 2018 onwards, the Eco Shop was solely run by another parent who has experience in retail merchandise.  With the help of social media, the availability of uniform for everyone was boosted. Parents and carers can place their orders this way due to the ease of access. Parents can order online via Facebook, then pay and collect.

The biggest success is that the monies raised from the Eco Shop amounted to £850 over the past 12 months (June 2018 to June 2019). The monies were then passed on the school's Eco Committee (run by pupils and overseen by teachers) to fund one of their projects

Parents in our community are very generous and co-operative in donating. Due to expertise of the parent currently running the Eco Shop; the shop is fully stocked and items are catalogued. The service provided is efficient and tailored to the needs and requirements of the customer. This is clearly evident in the £850 received in one year!.

To date the overall funds generated is £3,000, which has been ploughed back into the school funds to benefit Kinnaird pupils.   We would like a proper space to so we could create a shop within the school, so items could be displayed properly.

We will most definitely continue with this project. It is very rewarding to see that people's donated items are being recycled and reused. We are doing our bit for the environment.

The Eco Shop has been in operation since 2010 - we are taking it to the next stage of it being a 'shop' within the school so it can serve and be of benefit to all families.

Thanks to all the parents and carers who were involved right from the start and the parents who are giving up their time to make this initiative successful.

No funding is required.


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