The clothes recycling industry has been growing in recent years, driven by a growing awareness of the environmental impact of textile waste. The industry includes a range of players who help diverting clothing from landfill and finding new uses. How has this emerging industry grown in recent years? What needs to happen? What can we consumers do now?
Traditional in textiles recycle includes charities and non-profit organisations, notably The Salvation Army and Vinnies which accept clothing donations, operate thrift stores and distribute clothing to those in need. For-profit companies have emerged in recent years, such as Textile Recyclers Australia, which operation a network of textile collection bins. Other companies such as Upparel and SCRgroup are offering clothing collection and recycling services to businesses and organisations.
The Australian government has been supporting the clothing recycling industry. Initiatives such as the National Clothing Product Stewardship Scheme aims to reduce textile wastes and increases recycling. There are also government funding to support research and development of new textile recycling technologies.
Existing challenges remain, such as the need to educate consumers about the importance of clothing recycling and develop more efficient recycling methods.
Story Angle & Type
The feature story’s angle will focus on emerging clothing recycling practices. Through background research and interviews with industry players, the feature aims to explore existing textiles recycling methodologies, their scale of impact, barrier, and future development opportunities. The piece will also be educative for everyday consumers to extend the lifecycle of their discarded clothing.
Preferred Online Publication and Audience
The target audience is everyday consumers, environmental enthusiasts, and business-minded individuals. The preferred online publication includes traditional mainstream platforms such as the Sydney Morning Herald, The AFR and ABC News.
Source of Information
- Australian Fashion Council
- National Clothing Product Stewardship Scheme
- Clothing Data Report 2022
- For-profit company websites
- Clothing industry reports
- Government funding scheme and projects
- Other textiles innovations
- e.g. textiles as building fabric
Multimedia and interactivity
The story will incorporate diagrams to illustrate the value chain for clothes recycling, map out the distribution flow of clothes. It will also include data visualisation to indicate the volume of clothing directed to various directions.
Include images slideshows for interview and recycling plant images.
There will be social media sharing links for public circulation. Online comments section will also allow readers to share comments on the topic.