WHO ARE THEY?
Starting out with recycling your socks, Upparel now recycle or repurpose almost any item of clothing or footwear (let's leave the undies please), saving tens of thousands of kgs of waste going to landfill. They are award-winning sustainability leaders and self-proclaimed wavemakers, and BLAEK Store are proud to partner with them.
Upparel are on a mission to educate people about the ugly truths of donating your items to op-shops or charity bins, and just how much fabric and footwear ends up in landfill in Australia. It's fine if you have something in your wardrobe that you don't like, or is falling to pieces, but it's no longer the best idea to take it to your local op shop as so much of it gets discarded and sent to landfill. Their sustainable scheme is great for fashion labels too as they can send all of their fabric offcuts to Upparel for recycling, like Lois Hazel does!
On average, Australian's purchase 27kg of new textiles each year and discard 23kg into landfill - every year. This means that as a country, we're throwing away 6,000kg of clothing waste every 10 minutes.
The Salvation Army alone spends over $6 million a year on landfill fees for unsaleable, donated goods in Australia.
|Clothing can take up to 40 years to decompose whilst footwear can take almost 1000 years.
HOW BLAEK STORE PARTNERS WITH UPPAREL
With a similar mindset of bringing circular fashion principles to the forefront, it's a natural relationship between us and Upparel. Recycle with them and get store credit to spend at with us!
Here's the process:
1. REGISTER FOR COLLECTION
Go online and book your collection. Sending 10kg of your old clothing costs $25 and in return you'll not only get your waste picked up and recycled but also a $25 voucher to spend at BLAEK Store.
2. GATHER & PACKAGE YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS
Collect your old, unwanted clothes and give them a quick clean - shoes need to be in pairs, in a good condition and please leave out your underwear and bras!
3. BOOK YOUR PICKUP
Pack your items into a box or secure package, login to your account and notify Upparel of when you'd like them to be picked up!
4. THEY'LL DO THE REST
Upparel's team will book your collection within 48 of your request, send you a label to print and attach to your package. A courier will then drop by and they will do their job of recycling or repurposing your items. EASY.
Find out more HERE.
UPPAREL & BLAEK CHATTER