Underwear is delicate and worn every single day, and therefore has a limited life with a high turn-over rate. You cannot donate it, so the only pathway is landfill. Our underwear take back project will divert the undies you don't need anymore from landfill, and give them a new life.
How does it work?
Our underwear recycling system is dedicated to our customers. We would love to take everyone's underwear regardless of purchasing from us, but it costs us approx 42c per pair to recycle and the sale of our underwear covers some of that cost. We are a social enterprise running on low margins and would really love your support to help make this happen.
The underwear you give back is collected at our hub with The National Homeless Collective. The processing has created paid work for a women at risk of homelessness or recently released from prison.
Please make sure to wash them and cut off any metal trims or trinkets.
Once a collection reaches 100kg, the undies are transported to a laundry for sanitising. From there, they are sent to Textile Recyclers Australia for shredding, who then bundle and ship the material to India to be turned into things like carpet underlay and insulation.
Until we have the infrastructure for fibre-to-fibre recycling (some estimate that is up to 10 years away), repurposing waste and diverting from landfill is the best way to keep the value in your underwear for longer.
Where do I send my underwear?
Please email us or check your order receipt which has all the details.
Do you pay for postage?
We would love to, but unfortunately, we cannot afford that cost. We pay for the storage, sorting, sanitising wash, shredding locally and shipping to process. However, the good news is that by recycling your underwear you are also supporting employment for a woman at risk of homelessness.
Is this open to everyone?
We are so excited for a future where everyone can participate in recycling their underwear. However, right now we can only afford to offer this service to our customers. We look forward to opening this up as our business grows.