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Last Updated: 2007.06.13

Report on March 2007 recycling campaign

UNIQLO CO., LTD.
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Approx. 300,000 items collected in our March 2007 recycling campaign,
80% goes to African refugee camps

Twice a year in March and September, UNIQLO CO., LTD. accepts any UNIQLO item from customers for recycling as part of the company's CSR activities. We call this campaign "Thank You Recycle" to reflect our gratitude to our customers. This second campaign in March 2007 accepted 300,000 items, double the total collected in September 2006. Our sincerest thanks to our customers for their cooperation and support, 80% of the garments donated are reused as aid to developing countries.

UNIQLO has been collecting and recycling fleece products originally sold in its own stores since September 2001. Since then, we have been able to extend the products for collection/recycling to the entire UNIQLO range. And from September 2006, we have conducted steady, regular collection and recycling campaigns for the months of March and September each year. We are very committed to this very meaningful activity with garments brought in by customers being recycled as fuel or fiber materials, or reused as relief clothing.

 Recycling breakdown for March 2007     
 Items collected: Approx. 300,000 items
 Recycling breakdown  
     Reusable (support for developing countries) : 79%
     Fuel recycling (electrical energy): 20%
     Material recycling (industrial cotton waste, thermal insulation): 1%

 80% of 300,000 items collected in March will go to support refugees

We collected roughly 300,000 items in our March 2007 recycling campaign. Thanks once again to the cooperation of the various refugee support groups and institutions(※), 80% of the items will be donated in August as overseas relief clothing to African refugee camps in Tanzania and Uganda.
In September 2006, senior UNIQLO representatives visited the camps in Thailand and Nepal, and we are planning to help hand out the clothes ourselves this time as well. We hope to deliver the goodwill of our customers along with their clothes.

 International organizations and NGOs giving their full cooperation to the refugee camp donations
   ・   United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR)
   ・  Japan Relief Clothing Center (JRCC)

We consider our all product recycling to be an important activity from the point of view of environmental protection and humanitarian assistance. We plan to continue faithfully with these valuable activities that also lend a whole new value to clothes.

 Reference

・For details of our all product recycling: http://www.fastretailing.com/eng/sustainability/community/recycle.html

・For our all product recycling report on donations to refugee camps: http://www.uniqlo.jp/special/csr/