Recycling unwanted clothes responsibly
22 August 2019
We believe in offering our customers great quality, affordable fashion as well as reducing the environmental impact of the clothes we sell. One of the ways we do this is by offering clothing recycling facilities so that unwanted items can be collected and then recycled or repurposed. This helps to create a ‘closed loop’ system and reduces the amount of clothing going to waste.
In the UK we’re currently running a clothing take-back trial in 87 stores across the country. The F&F ‘Detox your wardrobe’ campaign will make it easier for customers to dispose of their unwanted clothing, shoes and textiles responsibly. Customers can donate clothing, shoes and textiles that are from any brand, and of any quality, in our conveniently located collection units at the front of store.
We’re working in partnership with SOEX UK, who will collect the donations and sort them into three categories: Re-wear, Reuse and Recycle. This means nothing is wasted or sent to landfill. Since the scheme started in April we’ve collected 18 tonnes of clothing. SOEX UK, our partners who collect the donations and sort them, will also pay £150 per tonne directly to the Tesco Health Charity Partners - British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK, in equal proportions.
In Tesco Malaysia, customers are also able to take their unwanted clothing to newly designed clothes recycling bins located at 25 Tesco hypermarkets in the Klang Valley, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka regions. The collaboration with Life Line Clothing Malaysia (LLC) since 2015, has saved more than 1,000 tonnes of clothes and other fabrics from going to landfill. All funds generated from the recycling programme go to local community programmes including the ongoing Tesco and PINTAR Foundation School Adoption programme.
For other ways we’re reducing the environmental impact of F&F clothing, please click here.