Tesco ‘take back’ trial to enable customers to recycle their unwanted clothes responsibly

Our customers care about the environment, which is why we are committed to helping them recycle their unwanted clothing in a responsible way.  

In April 2019 we launched a clothing ‘take back’ trial in 87 stores across the country.  The F&F ‘take back’ initiative will make it easier for customers to dispose of their unwanted clothing, shoes and textiles responsibly. Customers will be able to donate clothing, shoes and textiles that are from any brand, and of any quality, in our conveniently located collection units at the front of stores. 

We are working in partnership with SOEX UK, who will collect the donations and sort them into three categories:

Re-wear – any items that can be worn again will be given a new life in a worldwide second-hand market.

Reuse – Any items not suitable to wear again will be converted into other products, such as cleaning cloths or mops.

Recycle – any textiles that cannot be reused will be recycled into secondary raw materials and used to manufacture new textile fibres or insulation materials within the car industry.

This means nothing is wasted or sent to landfill.

SOEX UK will also pay £150 per tonne collected directly to  our National Charity Partners – British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK, in equal proportions.

For other ways we are working with suppliers to reduce our environmental impact through F&F clothing, please click here.



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