Vinnies NSW has today announced a new product range created from recycled textiles including donations to Vinnies Shops that were not able to be sold on the shop floor.
The range is called re/CYCLE in a nod to the repurposed and circular nature of its original source.
The Vinnies re/CYCLE product range will include throw blankets, beach towels, tea towels, rugs, cushions and other homewares 100% recycled from textiles including those that were unable to be resold in their original condition.
“At Vinnies our core purpose is to help people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, but we’re also passionate about embracing sustainability to help the environment,” said Yolanda Saiz, Executive Director of Commercial Enterprise, Fundraising and Communictions at St Vincent de Paul Society NSW.
“For two years now, Vinnies has been exporting some of the clothes it can’t sell in its shops to partners who are now recycling textiles (including many of these donations) into these beautiful items. We are so excited to be a market leader amongst charity op-shops to take this first step into fashion circularity.
“By purchasing the beautiful homewares from the re/CYCLE range, shoppers will be able to financially support our charity work while saving fabrics from landfill.”
Globally, 11.7 million tonnes of textile waste ends up in landfill each year. The circular recycling model allows Vinnies Shops to divert waste from landfill and reduce environmental impact by reselling second-hand clothing, and recycling fabrics when they are unable to be sold.
The re/CYCLE range is sure to be a hit with the conscious consumer as well as those looking to style their home with affordable yet environmentally friendly accessories. The new recycled range will first land in Brookvale, Sutherland, Nowra and Lavington stores in early June 2020.
The proceeds from re/CYCLE sales will support people experiencing poverty, homelessness and hardship, including the growing number of households financially struggling due to COVID-19.
Source: Vinnies NSW