WHY SHOULD I RECYCLE MY SHOES AND CLOTHING?
Approximately a third of all the garments produced around the world never leave the shop floor. But where do they all end up? Globally, 87% of all disposed textiles are sent to landfill or incinerated; 12% is mechanically recycled by cutting it or shredding it into fibre, insulation material or rags; and less than 1% is chemically recycled back to reusable raw materials. The effects that textiles have on the planet prove that the linear economy model of take, make and dispose is completely unsustainable.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY UNWANTED SHOES AND CLOTHING?
Currently 65% of items that UPPAREL is receiving are in new or fit-for-wear condition and are prepared to be passed onto our epic Australian partners; Save The Children, Sacred Heart Mission, Ready Set Australia, St Kilda Mums and Good360 Australia! The remaining 35% are assessed for their suitability to be up-cycled into new items or recycled into new materials.
BUT HOW EXACTLY DO YOU KEEP MY ITEMS OUT OF LANDFILL AND GIVE THEM A SECOND LIFE?
REUSE: If your items are sent in a suitable condition, then we can donate them to one of our charity partners for someone else to love.
UPCYCLE: If your items are past their prime, then we’ll work with our recycling partners to turn them into something new like a tote bag.
: If your items are damaged, they can be used to create new yarn or shredded and used for things like insulation or stuffing for pet beds.