We estimate that each school student discards about 12 non-wearable school or sports clothing items annually - about 6kg.
This means that potentially over 9,600 tonnes of textiles are ending up in landfill. OUCH!!
You don't want that and neither do we. We have started collecting non wearable items to see what can be done.
Called the Purpose Project we are working alongside some great organisations to begin to give those items a new 'purpose'.
You may not know that virgin polyester is made from petroleum! a fossil fuel. We want to use rPET polyester only and also take all polyester back to upcycle it into new materials or even new shirts.
Making new shirts and other clothing is tough at the moment and a few organisations bigger than us are working on it. But, throw us your dead polyester and we will join the fight to upcycle them.
Fill in the contact form on the Purpose Page to arrange collection of you bag of goodies from your School.
We love being part of a wide community working to create a circular economy and hope to 'own our waste' through reuse, recycling and up-cycling.
Funded by NSW Department of Primary Industry and hosted by UNSW the Circular Economy Innovation Network is a step toward us all learning how to turn waste into a resource.