WE’RE CLOSING THE LOOP AND HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO SEND YOUR CLOTHES BACK FOR REUSE AND RECYCLING. PLUS, WE’RE REWARDING YOU FOR DOING SO.
We’re closing the loop and have made it possible for you to send your clothes back for reuse and recycling.
HAVE 10KG OF CLOTHING, LINEN AND SHOES COLLECTED FROM YOUR FRONT DOOR AND HELP CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS A NET-ZERO CITY OF KINGSTON BY 2030.
Available for City of Kingston residents only.
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.
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.
To find out more about their ‘UP philosophy’ click here.
800,000,000 kilograms are thrown away every year.
On average, Australians purchase 27kg of new textiles each year and then discard around 23kg into landfill — annually. This means that 6,000kg of textile waste is being disposed of in Australia every 10 minutes.
You’ll have a positive impact.
For every 1kg of textiles you divert from landfill, you’ll be preventing 3-4kg of greenhouse gases from polluting the atmosphere. UPPAREL makes it easy and take the hassle out of determining whether to reuse, upcycle or recycle your textiles.
Nothing will end up in landfill.
By implementing their philosophy of reuse first where possible, then upcycle when necessary, UPPAREL will ensure that nothing is ever sent off-shore or dumped in landfill.
Supporting our community to take climate action!
By diverting your unwanted textiles from landfill, you’ll be contributing towards our goal of reaching net-zero community emissions by 2030!
Keeping your unwanted textiles out of the bin has never been easier.
Purchase a collection that suits you.
Start by booking a suitable collection for the amount of clothing, linen, shoes, and other textiles you have to send us. Bookings start at 10kg packaged into one box and go up to 100kg in 10 boxes. So gather up your items before selecting your collection amount.
Package your clean textiles.
We can accept the majority of textiles for reuse, repurpose and recycling! You can view a complete list of what we can accept here. As our team will be sorting through your textiles by hand, we can only accept clean items — be sure to give all items a quick wash and any shoes a wipe over before packaging for collection! If you’re unsure of how to package your items, you can check out this video for suggestions.
Let us know your items are ready to collect.
Once all items are packed, simply email us! We’ll assist with organising your collection within 24 business hours of receiving your request. Depending on your pick up address and the number of boxes you have for collection, we’ll either direct you to our UPPAREL’s Boomerang collection portal or book your collection for you and provide you with labels to print and attach to your sealed boxes.
By sending your unwanted textiles and shoes to us you’re preventing greenhouse gas pollution!
But how exactly do you keep my items out of landfill and give them a second life?
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.
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.
Got more questions?
We’re happy to answer them.
Clothing items (jeans, shirts, coats, etc)
Bags (handbags, duffel bags, etc)
Socks and stockings
Linen (bedding, towels, tea towels, etc)
Fabric mattress protectors (not waterproof/plastic)
Fabric off-cuts and sewing scraps
Fabric couch covers and curtains
Bathers & Swimwear
Once you’ve got your textiles boxed and ready to be collected, simply email us with your name, the number of boxes you have to be collected and your collection address. From there we’ll be able to determine which courier to utilise to facilitate the collection of your old textiles. The courier we select for your collection depends on your selections at checkout: the weight and number of boxes you have to collect, as well as your location.
To reduce waste and emissions we don’t send you anything to collect your items in. Your textiles can be packaged into ANY type of box (no larger than check-in luggage) — a food delivery box, grocery box or moving box would work! You can also pack your items into a durable bag or satchel.
As a reference, the package should be approximately 46cm x 41cm x 42cm, however, it doesn’t have to be these dimensions exactly!
Please note: The courier cannot collect garbage bags.
Check out our suggested packaging video below for ideas!
Unfortunately not. We don’t currently have the resources, infrastructure or team to manage drop-offs from the public. We’ll be sure to let our community know if this changes in the future, but for now you can organise a contactless-collection HERE.
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.
Environmentally it is best to reuse items wherever possible, so we’ll always try to reuse or repair shoes if we can! If we cannot reuse them then their materials can be of use in many ways — rubber can be shredded and developed into new products or track surfaces, basketball courts and playgrounds. Their soles can also be used to create soles for fresh shoes!
Once the textiles are sorted and assessed as unfit-for-wear, they are then separated into items of similar composition, colour and material. From there, we’re able to work internally to shred the fibres down and repurpose them into items such as roof tiles, insulation, office partitions and stuffing for pet beds. Some valuable fibres can also be blended with virgin fibres to produce yarns that can be used in manufacturing to create new products.
We offer contactless-collection Australia wide! Customers living within the CouriersPlease Boomerang network will be provided a link to schedule their collection for a date and time that suits them best. Customers living outside this network will have their collection scheduled by a third-party courier who will attend for collection in the 48 hours following.
Great question! Whilst the $25 fee is fully redeemable in the form of a $25 store credit, it also helps to contribute towards a number of the costs involved in operating a textile recycling initiative. The average cost to collect 10kg across Australia is $22.03 (though you can imagine how this increases for rural collections). There are also the costs associated with storing items, separating them, sorting them based on their second life use, and preparing new or fit-for-wear items to be distributed to UPPAREL’s epic Australian partners; Save The Children, Sacred Heart Mission, Ready Set Australia, St Kilda Mums, and Good360 Australia! Not to mention then sending the remaining items onto our recycling partners to be repurposed or recycled right here in Australia. It costs $2 per kg to recycle the textiles sent to us, so for a 10kg box that amounts to $20! The $25 collection fee is really important in contributing towards these costs and supporting our mission as a small Australian start-up to keep textiles out of landfill and create a circular life-cycle for the products we manufacture.
A $25 credit is only issued for your first collection. Each subsequent collection that you purchase will not qualify for an additional store credit.
Your credit is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.