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Year-round UNIQLO Clothing Recycling Initiative begins March 1.

Year-round UNIQLO Clothing Recycling Initiative begins March 1.
Bring any UNIQLO product to any UNIQLO Japan store.

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As part of our CSR activities, UNIQLO CO., LTD. recycles and reuses any UNIQLO product that customers bring in to donate. The first campaign took place in September 2006 with subsequent campaigns conducted each year during the months of March, September and then later in June too. Now, from March 1, 2010, we will accept clothes for recycling all year round.

Last year, approximately 90% of the 2.62 million items collected were distributed as emergency clothing aid to refugees and victims of natural disaster in Asia and Africa. However, if we are to provide more clothing to the estimated 30 million refugees and victims around the world, then we will have to ask our customers for yet more support. By conducting UNIQLO's All-Product Recycling Initiative all year round we hope to ensure a large, stable flow of clothing, delivering customer goodwill quicker and in more abundance to the refugees of the world.

 UNIQLO All- Product Recycling Initiative

UNIQLO CO., LTD. has been collecting and recycling its own used fleece products since September 2001, expanding these activities to the all UNIQLO product range from September 2006. Since then we conducted a regular, reliable collection and recycling/reuse service during the months of March and September each year adding a further campaign in the month of June in 2009. We collected a record 2.62 million items in 2009, a 165% increase on 2008. By conducting our recycling initiative all year round from this March 2010, we hope to ensure an even larger flow of clothing.

Period:     All year round from March 1, 2010  
Collection points:     Any UNIQLO Japan store
(We can only accept items brought directly into stores and not via post.)
Collection items:     Any clean or laundered product originally sold by UNIQLO
※ We cannot accept soiled or stained items.

 Approx. 90% of items collected are reused as emergency clothing aid for refugees and victims of natural disaster

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Our target is to provide clothing to each and every one of the world's 30 million refugees

While some of the clothing collected from customers is recycled as energy fuel and industrials fiber, approximately 90% of items are reused as emergency clothing aid for refugees and victims of natural disaster.
With the cooperation of individual groups and organizations active in this field※, UNIQLO has donated relief clothing to refugee and IDP camps in Asia and Africa. March 2010 clothing will go to refugees and IDP camps in Bangladesh.

UNIQLO seeks to deliver customer goodwill directly along with the clothing donations. By running a year-round campaign we hope to expand the stable flow of clothing to reach every one of the world's estimated 30 million refugees.

 Cooperating international organizations and NGOs
   ・  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR)
   ・  Japan Relief Clothing Center (JRCC)
   ・  Japanese Org. for Intl Cooperation in Family Planning(JOICFP)

 Reference

・For details of our full product range recycling:
http://www.fastretailing.com/jp/sustainability/community/recycle.html

・For our full product range recycling photo report on donations to refugee camps:
http://www.uniqlo.com/en/sustainability/refugees/photo/

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