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Uniqlo Has Launched a Recycling Program That Turns Your Old Down Jackets Into New Threads

Take your unwanted jacket into one of the chain's stores, and you'll score a $10 voucher for a new one, too.
By Sarah Ward
March 25, 2021
By Sarah Ward
March 25, 2021

Whenever cold weather hits, spotting Uniqlo fans isn't hard. The brand's puffy jackets and vests are a winter favourite all around the globe, after all. Indeed, the chain has put a lot of fabric and oh-so-much down out into the world, as seen on rugged-up torsos everywhere. But, as part of a new sustainability drive, the company is looking to cut down its environmental impact.

If you have a Uniqlo down-filled coat or vest rolled up in its handy bag and sitting on your shelf, but you know you're not going to wear it again, the company now wants you to bring your unwanted pieces of clothing back to one of its stores. Australians can head in, return their worn down jackets and vests, and receive a $10 voucher for their efforts, with the clothing then being recycled via the chain's new Re.Uniqlo program.

The $10 voucher offer is only available until June this year, you can only use them in-store (not online) and you'll have to use it on replacing your old down products with something new. But the down recycling project is here to stay, in an attempt to stop the jackets and vests ending up in landfill. As part of its efforts to make sustainable apparel, Uniqlo will expand the scheme to other clothing items down the line, too.


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If you're wondering how those returned items will be reused, Uniqlo is also launching a range of recycled down jackets in early April. They're made from 620,000 coats that were already collected in Japan since last September, and use the down and feathers previously in that big batch of jackets.

For more information about Uniqlo's down recycling project and other recycling plans, head to the brand's website.

Published on March 25, 2021 by Sarah Ward
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