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The Big Give is where students' in halls of residence and private rented accommodation have a big end of year clear out when moving out, and donate all of their unwanted stuff to charity, rather then letting it go in the bin.
Since 2013, by donating 95 metric tonnes unwanted stuff, students' have raised over £195,888 for British Heart Foundation and other local charities, helping to save lives and helping people and animals in need.
As this is a community project, we also encourage BU Staff, and even people in the wider community to participate and make donations.
During The Big Give 2022, students' donated over 438kg of unopened non-perishable food items to Trussell Trust Bournemouth Food bank. Over 1333 bags of unwanted stuff was donated, which will raise over £18,438 for The British Heart Foundation.
This also means that BU Students' have saved around 16.2 metric tons of unwanted clothing and items potentially being sent to landfill, the equivalent of 95,615kg CO2 emissions.
For the Big Give 2023 our interim reports mean that students donated approximately 15 metric tonnes of unwanted clothing, accessories and household items to Prama and The British Heart Foundation.
Prama also attended a Thrift Store Pop-Up Sale during Freshers week and sold donations to students on campus, meaning that the Big Give is creating a circular economy.
We will be hosting The Big Give in 2024 meaning charities can collect your donations from May right through to September.
Not all charities will take the same types of donations, especially things like duvets, bedding, electricals and furniture. For 2024 we will be helping you find out where you can take donations - on campus, in your halls of residence, and in the Winton area where most students live in private rented housing. We've even organised for street collections in some parts of Winton.
You can donate your unwanted items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, and bric-a-brac, and non-perishable food such as unopen tin cans, rice or pasta.
Read all about The Big Give, including information about what and where you can donate in this handy booklet.
So if you are having an end of year clear out make sure you give it - don't bin it!!!
Look out for our recycling roadshow on Halls and Campus. We will be speaking to students who are moving to private rented housing in September to help them get their bins and recycling right.
Fairtrade fortnight is an International campaign which celebrates Fairtrade, on the last week of February and first week of March.
We encourage students to think about purchasing Fairtrade acredited goods, to support workers overseas so that they can produce and sell their products in a fair way, to ensure they have a decent wage and standard of living, and to ensure that products are resourced in a careful and sustainable way, so that our environment does not become damaged or polluted.
What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices which must never fall lower than the market price, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives