The future of clothes recycling starts in Australia
SCR Group, one of the country’s largest and most innovative clothing and homewares re-use and recycling companies, is committed to bettering the management of what it calls Australia’s unforgivable level of waste.
As one of the highest waste producers in the world, each Australian creates more than two tonnes annually – that’s over 52 million tonnes of waste ever year.
Even worse, we use over 10 million plastic bags a day, which is enough to stretch around the world many times over, and each Australian family generates enough rubbish to fill at least a three bedroom house from floor to ceiling.
Every year the waste we generate is growing at twice the rate of our population – and much of this comes from our love of fast fashion.
And while fast fashion has been a cause of celebration for many of us, the flip side is that the average Aussie buys around 27 kilograms of new clothing every year – and then throws away 23 kilograms of that. We’re buying more clothing than twice the global average of the rest of the world and, sadly, the majority is destined for landfill. This is SCR Group’s vision seeks to change.
Last year, SCR Group diverted almost 12 million kilograms of unwanted items from landfill, and 27.4 million unwanted items made it into the hands of people who needed them the most, all around the world. Even something as simple as a single shoe can end up in the hands of someone who needs it – often in locations where war and loss of limbs is commonplace.
SCR Group works tirelessly to give Australia’s unwanted things a second life, ensuring that reusable items are sent to local and global communities where low-cost clothing is in demand, and where accessibility to essential everyday items is limited.
In addition, over $1.4 million was provided to Australian charities through SCR Group’s clothing collection programs, and the organisation created 110 jobs for Australians, including youth at risk and people with disabilities.
SCR Group continues to lead the way in clothing recycling, introducing pop up drive-through recycling days, school fundraising and education programs, a home pick-up service, and in-hub sensor technology that alerts drivers to the need to attend a collection site – effectively working to solve the problem of overflowing clothing drop-off hubs and illegal dumping.
For more information or to get involved, visit scrg.com.au.
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