Study: British Households Have Enough Unused Shoes To Stretch Around The World

Lined up from heel to toe, there are enough unworn shoes in British households to stretch around the world, according to a recent study commissioned by the humanitarian aid organization Oxfam.

Oxfam is launching a campaign this weekend, urging Brits to consider donating their footwear and other household items to one of their shops, with proceeds helping to eliminate poverty worldwide.

The organization found that along with shoes, the average household in the U.K. has nearly 143 unused items, including clothes, CDs, books and toys. According to the findings, the charity said that breaks down to seven pairs of unwanted shoes per person.

Shoe closet
Shoe closet.
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Research showed that one in 10 Brits have never thought about donating the goods to charity.

Oxfam trading director Andrew Horton said that Brits could use the extra closet space.

“Our homes are too small to deal with this,” Horton said. “There are about 27 million households in the U.K., and if each one has 143 unused items, we’re talking about more than three billion CDs, DVDs, homewares, accessories and clothes cluttering up a mind-blowing amount of space! There are so many ways your unwanted stuff could fight poverty with Oxfam — which is why we urgently need your donations.”


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