We take your retired clothes!
At all KappAhl stores, customers can hand in used textiles for reuse and recycling. This is our joint effort to prevent textile waste and to conserve the planet’s resources.
Several thousands of tonnes of clothes, shoes and other textiles are thrown away every year as household waste and are either incinerated or sent to a landfill – all needless waste. We want to change that! Many of the textiles that are discarded could be put to use. To make it easy for you to make a more sustainable choice, we accept the textiles you have worn out or no longer need. Care and Rewear!
Here’s what to do:
- Fill one or more bags with textiles and take them to a KappAhl or Newbie store*. We accept all types of clothes, home textiles, accessories and shoes, as long as they are dry and not heavily soiled. Any rips, holes and tears are not a problem. But we are extra happy for garments that we can help reuse!
- Present your bag(s) to the checkout staff and deposit them in the in-store collection bin.
- As a thank-you, you will receive a gift voucher worth SEK 50 per donated bag to spend on new clothes (minimum purchase SEK 300) in any of our stores. You can hand in one or more bags at a time.
*We currently do not offer textile collection in Newbie stores in the UK.
What happens next?
The clothes we collect are then taken care of by Myrorna in Sweden, Fretex in Norway and Fretex International in Poland and Finland. They assess the textiles based on their potential – a large part can actually be re-used as they are, which is the best option for the environment. Damaged textiles can generally be recycled and turned into new textile products such as cloths or insulation. The small quantity that can neither be reused nor recycled is incinerated as an energy source.
We are actively involved in a number of research projects to promote the development of new circular processes, such as recycling used textiles on a bigger scale. Our goal for the future is for recycled textile fibres to be transformed into new KappAhl clothes!