It’s a question Karen Harvey has been asking since 2014 when she founded Toiletries Amnesty, the charitable organisation working to end hygiene poverty and stop excess products from the beauty industry ending up in landfill.
Stories about food banks and fuel poverty have hit the headlines recently with people like Marcus Rashford championing the cause for meals for children, but little attention is given to hygiene poverty, a growing issue which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019, before the pandemic affected us all, Toiletries Amnesty was supporting around 250,000 people. Since then the need has increased dramatically, in 2021 Toiletries Amnesty provided access to toiletries and hygiene products to over 2.25 million people.
Toiletries Amnesty build relationships with the 400+ organisations and charities they support. They learn about their specifics needs and exceed their expectations, for example, their support of Refuge Network UK:
It has been a very impactful year, and this is all because Toiletries Amnesty decided to support us. You gave hope and provided succour to many members of our community. Because of your kindness, many had reasons to smile, and their faith in humanity was strengthened. Thank you for the joy you brought. Thank you for enabling them to look good, smell good, and feel good about their appearances.Charles Gimoh, Executive Director of Refuge Network UK.
Poverty in the UK is becoming an increasingly common problem, with people not being able to afford heating or electricity, and needing to use foodbanks more than ever, essential hygiene products like soap and toothpaste just become too unaffordable. The knock-on effect is huge, not just on physical health, but on mental wellbeing too. Whilst this issues shouldn’t exist, sadly they do, but we can all do something small to make a big difference to the lives of others.Karen Harvey, Founder of Toiletries Amnesty.
The problem isn’t going to go away soon, and with no government funding to support this vital service, Toiletries Amnesty are reliant on the kindness of individuals, communities, and businesses.
How can you help?
There are all kinds of ways that you can help, donating toiletries, spreading the word, but right now please consider making a small financial contribution so that Toiletries Amnesty can carry on this vital work. A small gift of £15 will enable them to support a person living in hygiene poverty for a whole year. Small actions make big changes!
Are you a business looking to do more for your community? Why not team up with Toiletries Amnesty through their Supporters Programme and help make a difference? For more information, please get in touch with! You can reach the team at: email@example.com
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These are drastic times, and we are doing our best, but the emotional and financial load is too much to carry on our own. Anything you can do or share would mean a great deal to us.
Written By: Charlotte Shears