This post is brought to you by MANRAGS
The Aussie start-up is now accepting ALL textiles, linen and shoes for reuse, repurposing or recycling. That means that you can clear your wardrobe of items you no longer want (including the ones with stains, rips and holes) and MANRAGS will collect them, saving your items from landfill!
It costs $25 to have up to 10kg collected from your doorstep, which you score back instantly in the form of a $25 MANRAGS credit.
In the last three weeks, the socks and jocks start-up has received over 21,000kg of textiles that, depending on condition, will be prepared for reuse or be recycled into new yarn and materials.
The Clothing Recycling Collection campaign dwarfs the previous effort of their ‘Start With Socks’ initiative, where the MANRAGS warehouse received 13,949kg of socks to recycle over a 6-month period.
With that said, neither of these hauls are to be scoffed at and as a result, MANRAGS have been able to keep over 86,000kgs of greenhouse gases out of our atmosphere by diverting textiles from landfill.
Founder and Director, Michael Elias, explains “Our goal is to collect as many textiles as possible whilst creating a much greater awareness of the impacts that textile waste has on our planet when it sits decomposing in landfill”.
In an unprecedented time where our access to complete regular tasks is limited, such as visiting the post office or heading into work, people have been turning to MANRAGS to rid their homes of unwanted textiles and shoes.
As a result, their team has received packages to their VIC warehouse from all around Australia, with one coming all the way from Stuart Park, NT (some 3,781kms from their Mordialloc facility).
“With the majority of Australians self-isolating at home and NACRO (National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations) urging people to stop dumping items at closed Op Shops and donation bins across the nation, we’ve made it easier than ever to get rid of unwanted or damaged textiles and shoes without even having to leave the house!” explained Michael.
With their US expansion on hold until the effects of Covid-19 have eased, MANRAGS have now set their sights on creating meaningful partnerships with other brands and charities who are looking for a place to source quality goods.
“We have started strong, but with many textiles still being dumped into landfill we know there’s a lot of work to do. We are now looking to partner with other brands to encourage them to join us and make it easy for them to reverse their contributions to textile waste” he continued.
“Plus, we’ve received some excellent items of clothing from our community already — and would love to pass these onto charities who are looking for quality items to distribute within their own networks”.
If you are someone who cares about how clothing impacts the planet or if you know of a business that could help MANRAGS reach its goal, then please get in touch.
MANRAGS recognises that many hands will make light work in reducing the impact that textile waste has on our planet.