Curtain Bank heating up for winter

by Kent Caddick

Community Energy Action is offering to help Selwyn residents to keep warm this winter with free, recycled curtains from their Curtain Bank.

Last year Community Energy Action (CEA) helped more than 900 Canterbury households stay warmer last year with curtains from their Curtain Bank, which has been operating for more than 23 years.

However, CEA chief executive Caroline Shone from Kirwee said there is still plenty more houses out there that need help.

She said all curtains are donated by the public and some businesses in the curtain industry, all of which would rather see their curtains recycled than end up in a landfill.

“Even with the large amount of curtains donated, the demand and need to supply free curtains is still high.

“Last year was the Curtain Bank’s busiest year since opening its doors in 1995. Nearly 900 homes were helped last year alone, compared to only a few in its first year. 

“CEA’s Curtain Bank not only provided these homes with free, recycled curtains, but in turn saved over 19,000sqm of curtain fabric ending up in a landfill.”

Ms Shone said a warm, dry home is vital for good health.

“Even healthy people get sick with colds and flu more often if they don’t live in a healthy home,” she said.

“People with chronic health conditions may risk ending up in hospital. This has been conclusively shown by research released in 2016 conducted by CEA and the Canterbury District Health Board.”

At the Curtain Bank any leftover pieces of curtain material are used to make energy-efficient and draught-stopping products such as Eco Bags, door stops, and door sausages. Any proceeds from these products go straight back into funding the Curtain Bank.

Free, recycled curtains are available at CEA’s Curtain Bank on Tuam Street in Christchurch. Call 0800 GET WARM to make an appointment today before the cold winter kicks in.