The global guide to upcycling and recycling your wardrobe

Ahluwalia Circulate, UK

Designer Priya Ahluwalia launched an app in partnership with Microsoft in 2021 that allows members of the public to donate their used clothing in exchange for store credits for her brand’s e-commerce site.

Future From Waste Lab, Australia This retail space specializes in turning your own waste into futuristic fashion, breathing new life into pre-loved clothing.

H&M clothing collection program, global

First launched in 2013, H&M’s Garment Collecting program aims to keep used clothing in circulation for longer. Simply hand in your old clothes, of any brand and in any condition, and receive a thank you voucher to use on your next purchase. The Swedish retailer works with I:CO to organize your clothes for resale, reuse and recycling.

Returns, globally

This one-on-one garment recycling consultancy encourages collaboration between its community of buyers and designers, who must meet Reture’s criteria, based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, before applying.

Swedish Stockings Recycling Club, Global

The founders of Swedish Stockings, Linn Frisinger and Nadja Forsberg, started a recycling club with the goal of cleaning up the hosiery industry. Simply send in your old tights and socks and get 10 percent off your next brand purchase.

Thrift+, UK

Send bags of unwanted clothes to Thrift+ and the online platform will catalog and sell them for you in exchange for charitable donations, Farfetch credit or both.

Balenciaga’s Resale Program, Globally

Launched in 2022, Balenciaga’s Re-Sell program gives its pieces a second life. Currently available in the US, UK, Italy, France, and Singapore, you can book pickup or delivery of your items in-store. After the sale, you can cash out or get a store credit worth 20 percent more.

The second life of Kimai, globally

All jewelery deserves to be worn, says London-based brand Kimai, which redesigns old pieces, recycling metal and using existing stones, into new treasures for its clients.

Helen Kirkum to order, global

London-based designer Helen Kirkum not only offers a bespoke footwear reworking service on her website, but also offers a sneaker sculpture workshop where participants can learn to make their own.

ELV Denim Bespoke Services, UK

London-based ELV Denim now offers bespoke and made-to-order services to further advance its zero-waste production strategy, while encouraging customers to buy less and buy better.

Knickey, USA

American underwear brand Knickey’s recycling program will accept used underwear and turn it into new materials like insulation. Those who donate receive 15 percent off their next purchase.

Upparel, Australia

Upparel is Australia’s premier collector of textiles from individuals and companies. A certified B-Corp, it diverted more than one million kilograms of textiles from landfills.

WeCycle, USA

After collecting textiles from schools, apartment buildings, offices and more in the TriState area, WeCycle then either recycles or repurposes them.

Cullachange, Australia

Bring your garments to life with Sydney’s Cullachange, who will give your clothes a fresh new colour.

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