02 Sep '11, 1am

Japanese Clothing Company Brings All-Product Recycling to US

Japanese clothing company UNIQLO is introducing its All-Product Recycling Initiative at its stores in the US, UK and France starting September 1, 2011. The initiative, which has now collected more than 11,510,000 articles of clothing, donates wearable items to refugee camps and others in need around the world. UNIQLO began a fleece recycling campaign in Japan in September 2001 as part of its corporate social responsibility activities. The project expanded to include all UNIQLO products in 2006 and was titled the All-Product Recycling Initiative. Initially the company intended to recycle clothing for industrial use. However, most of the items received from customers were still wearable, so UNIQLO shifted its focus from recycling to reusing. Through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other organizations, the company began donating collected items t...

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