I use mosty use D'addario PB strings, wound on steel, of course.
D'addario frequently boast of their recycle programme but it doesn't apply in the UK.
I've just read open the AGF that in the US there is a charity called "strings for hope" but I'm unaware of anything similar in the UK.
I now have two large shoe boxes stuffed tight with old strings and I suppose I could try the local recycle centre, but they have been getting increasingly picky (sic) of late, and I'd really prefer to pass them to a charity of some sort.
Posting them abroad is impractical.
Does anybody know of any charity or what4ver, who could use these?
This is something that has bothered me for a while! It's a shame D'Addario don't run their programme in the UK.
At the start of this year a friend of mine took a few packs of my old strings to a charity called Headway in Suffolk. A few weeks after that I parcelled some more up and sent them to the charity's Stowmarket hub. They were using them to make jewellery as part of the rehabilitation process for people who have had brain injuries. I don't know whether they're still running that jewellery making course - I just phoned the Bury St Edmunds office but they didn't seem to know anything about it, and said that the Stowmarket hub is now closed.
There must be other charities out there that would have a similar use for old strings, or perhaps some other people who make jewellery out of old strings. It's just finding people/getting in contact with them that is the difficult bit!
There is a guy on Instagram who turns strings into jewellery.
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