Textile is a valuable resource and it can be used a lot longer than most of us keep it in our closets. A great way you can have a positive impact is prolonging the lifetime of textiles by supporting reusing and recycling of textiles. You can do this in several different ways, here are some tips!
We all have clothes we don’t use, that are just hanging in our closet. Perhaps they didn’t suit us as well as we thought. Or maybe we have loved them for a long time but feel it is time to move on. Instead of throwing them away, you can pass them on to someone else who will love them, take good care of them and use them often. And someone else probably has pieces that would fit perfectly into your wardrobe? Visit your local second-hand shop, or why not gather your friends and do a Clothing Swap? That way, you can all get some new inspiring additions to your wardrobe in a way that doesn’t consume any more resources.
When you choose garments that are made from recycled materials, it means material that has once been produced get another chance. Recycling is a lot more resource efficient compared to producing new material, which makes it better for the environment.
Did you know that Lindex goal is that by 2025, 100 per cent of all our materials will be recycled or sustainably sourced? It’s the only way forward.Read more about recycled materials
About 8 kg of textile per person are thrown in the trash every year, just in Sweden. Instead of throwing it away, hand in your textile to a charity, a second-hand shop or to us at Lindex.
We work towards offering textile collection in all our stores and today you can hand in textiles in any Lindex store in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Lithuania. We accept all types of textiles regardless of where you have bought them initially. The textiles should be dry, clean and sealed in a plastic bag. When you hand in at least 1 bag of textile, you will receive a discount of 5 euros when you make a purchase for 30 euros, that is valid for three months. You can hand in as much textile as you want, but you only receive one discount offer per occasion. The offer cannot be combined with other discounts, used at lindex.com or to buy gift cards.
Textiles that are collected in our stores go to our partners in our sales countries. In Sweden Lindex collaborates with Myrorna, in Norway with Fretex and in Finland with Recci. Our partners work to promote sustainable consumption in the local markets. Therefore, they sort the collected textiles and circulate as much as possible that can be used and loved by someone else, through second hand stores for example. If the quality of the textile is not good enough for reuse, it will be recycled into isolation or industrial cloths. A very small share is recycled into new fibres; however, research and innovations are moving forward and the aim is that this share will grow in the future. Only about 2 per cent of the collected textile cannot be reused or recycled and is instead incinerated.
Don’t forget to recycle your PET bottles, they can be turned into recycled polyester! So far, 16 million PET bottles have been recycled and used in Lindex garments.Read more about it here