Ecotextile News writes:

"While many leading apparel brands and retailers are now operating clothing take-back schemes, with the resulting clothing items often being down-cycled, Fast Retailing has taken a different tack. Hence, while the All-Product Recycling Initiative's initially started out as a clothing recycling initiative - with the idea being to recycle clothing for ultimate "use as a fuel source" according to the business – Fast Retailing now operates the programme to donate clothing to refugees and other displaced people with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The latest campaign will run in Japan until mid-October and see customers encouraged tp donate Uniqlo and GU clothing at local stores."

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees tells Ecotextile news "Around 90 per cent of the clothing that Fast Retailing has collected to date through its All-Product Recycling Initiative has been in wearable condition. As of the end of April 2015, more than 10 million items from the company had been delivered to refugees in 37 countries by UNHCR, including those in Jordan, Syria, Thailand and Nepal."

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