As we celebrate Global Recycling Day, here are the brands with the best take-back schemes to help you reduce waste going to landfill.
The three R's - reduce, reuse, recycle - are the words to live by if you're looking to minimise your impact on the planet, and yes, in that order. Producing less waste should always be the number one goal, whether you're a brand or consumer, and recycling should always be your 'last resort' because it is very resource-intensive and in most cases (with the exception of nylon and a few other materials) downgrades the virgin material.
When looking to recycle your old and ripped denim, your tights that have the longest ladder you've ever seen or if you want to avoid your empty crisp packet ending up in the sea, here are some of the brands offering recycling and take-back schemes to help divert waste from landfill.
For sustainable denim brand MUD Jeans, the starting point of design is recycling, so if you have any old denim (no matter how ripped) this is where you should send it! As long as your jeans are 96% cotton MUD will take them and send them to their factories in Spain or Italy where they are shredded and mixed with new organic cotton. In return you will get €10 voucher off your new pair or a monthly discount on their renting program.
Swedish Stockings want to clean up the hosiery industry and your old tights can help them to do that! Collect three or more pairs of old (even ripped) stockings that you may have lying around - these can be from any brand of nylon hosiery - to be recycled and you will get 10% off a new pair.
Chinese and Hong-Kong based readers, this one’s for you! Lane Crawford began recycling plastic hangers, plastic covers, paper and cardboard three years ago and in 2018 collected close to 75.7 tonnes of material for recycling. Today, on Global Recycling Day, they have launched a take-back program with which you can return all of the packaging your product gets sent out with, as well as pre-loved personal electronic goods.