The global guide to recycling and upcycling your wardrobe

Ahluwalia Circulate, United Kingdom

In 2021, designer Priya Ahluwalia launched an app in partnership with Microsoft that allows members of the public to donate their used clothing in exchange for store credits for her brand’s e-shop.

Future From Waste Lab, Australia This retail space specializes in turning waste into futuristic fashion by breathing new life into previously loved clothing.

H&M Clothing Collection Program, Global

First launched in 2013, the H&M Garment Collecting program aims to keep used clothes in circulation for longer. Simply hand in your old clothes of any brand and in any condition and you’ll receive a thank you voucher to use on your next purchase. The Swedish retailer works with I:CO to organize your clothes for resale, reuse and recycling.

Return, Global

This personal clothing upcycling consultancy encourages collaboration between its community of customers and designers, who must meet Reture’s criteria based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals before registering.

Swedish Sock Recycling Club, Global

Swedish Hosiery founders Linn Frisinger and Nadja Forsberg have started a recycling club aimed at cleaning up the hosiery industry. Simply send in your old stockings and tights and get 10 percent off your next brand purchase.

Thrift+, United Kingdom

Send bags of unwanted clothes to Thrift+ and the online platform will catalog and sell them for you in exchange for charitable donations, Farfetch credit, or both.

Balenciaga Resale Program, Global

Launched in 2022, Balenciaga’s Re-Sell program gives its pieces a second life. It is currently available in the US, UK, Italy, France and Singapore. You can book a collection or collect your items in store. After the sale, you can cash out or get store credit worth 20 percent more.

Kimai Second Life, Global

All jewelery deserves to be worn, says London-based brand Kimai, which repurposes old pieces by recycling metal and using existing stones to create new treasures for its clients.

Helen Kirkum Bespoke, Global

London-based designer Helen Kirkum not only provides a bespoke shoe upcycling service on her website, but also offers a Sneaker Sculpture Workshop where participants can learn to create their own shoes.

ELV Denim Bespoke Services, UK

London-based ELV Denim is now offering tailored and made-to-measure services to further advance their zero-waste production strategy while enticing customers to buy less and buy better.

Knickey, USA

American underwear brand Knickey’s recycling program takes used underwear and turns it into new materials such as insulation. Those who donate will receive 15% off their next purchase.

Upparel, Australia

Upparel is Australia’s premier collector of textiles from individuals and businesses. Thanks to the B-Corp certification, more than 1 million kilograms of textiles have been saved from landfills.

WeCycle, USA

After collecting textiles from schools, residential buildings, offices and more in the TriState area, WeCycle either recycles or reuses them.

Cullachange, Australia

Liven up your clothes with Sydney’s Cullachange, which will dye your clothes a fresh new colour.

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