Planet Aid UK has its own sorting centre in Corby, Northamptonshire which is a modern 1000m2 warehouse which also houses our head office. It is here that the collected garments are divided into several qualitative categories by our five experienced sorters in order to maximise their market value. Some of the clothes are packed into 150kg polyester bags and sold as 'untouched original' to countries in Eastern Europe such as Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
We have a long-term customer base in these countries, who know that they will receive good quality items. Shoes are paired and packed into 30kg bags and all high-heeled women’s shoes and boots are packed separately.
Some of the collected clothes are sorted and approximately 20% are donated to Development Aid from people to People UK -DAPP UK- charity shops in Northampton and Warrington with each shop receiving between 700 to 1,500 items per week. The remainder, mainly winter clothes and unpaired shoes, are sold in Pakistan and Eastern Europe.