Toiletries Amnesty is a charitable organisation working to end hygiene poverty, which helped an estimated 250,000 people last year by connecting charities and community groups to local people with unwanted toiletries and cosmetics.
They have recently added categories for face masks, as not everyone can afford the face coverings required to access shops, cafes and public transport.
How it works
Toiletries Amnesty is a free to use directory, where each organisation can list the items they need, and specify whether they accept partly-used or opened products. You can amend your listing at any time – for example, to change your opening hours, the items you need, or the best place to drop off donations.
There are currently more than 200 organisations in the directory, including homeless shelters, refuges, food banks, hospices, refugee organisations, and NHS trusts.
The public can search the directory for local causes that will take their excess toiletries, cosmetics and hygiene products. This also makes them more aware of local causes and more involved in their community.
Why it’s different
Unlike other hygiene bank schemes, Toiletries Amnesty does not collect the goods as a middle man (for example, storing them in a warehouse); instead, you receive the goods straight away.
People are not asked buy new products just to donate; the idea is to be eco-friendly, responsible consumers, by passing on unwanted products that would otherwise go to waste. Toiletry and beauty brands can also donate their surplus products.
Like many of the organisations you support, Toiletries Amnesty is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to help fund its services, expand its team and continually improve the website.
What you can do
Encourage any member organisations to register with Toiletries Amnesty.