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Last Updated: 2011.08.22

UNIQLO All-Product Recycling Initiative to Start in US, UK and France from Sept.1, 2011

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UNIQLO will introduce its All-Product Recycling Initiative at its stores in the US, UK and France from September 1, 2011. UNIQLO began its Fleece Recycling Campaign in Japan in September 2001 as part of its corporate social responsibility activities. In 2006, the project was expanded to include all UNIQLO products and the name was changed to the All-Product Recycling Initiative. Global expansion was the next step, as UNIQLO introduced the project in South Korea in March 2011.
UNIQLO has collected more than 11,510,000 articles of clothing (as of July 2011) since it launched the All-Product Recycling Initiative in 2006. The company aims to eventually introduce this project in every country of operation. UNIQLO will also continue to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other organizations, so it can continue to donate clothing from its customers and pass on their goodwill to refugee camps and others in need.

MADE FOR ALL : Delivering truly great clothing to people in need around the world

At UNIQLO, we believe it is our corporate social responsibility to maximize the value and usefulness of the truly great clothing we produce by collecting, reusing and recycling all of our products. When we launched the All-Product Recycling Initiative in 2006, we initially intended to recycle clothing for industrial use. However, most of the items we received from our customers were still wearable, so we shifted our focus from recycling to reuse and began donating the items we had collected to refugee and IDP camps throughout the world.
Over the last five years, we have provided 4.23 million items as aid to refugees and survivors of disasters, and have offered support to pregnant women and single mothers. With the cooperation and support of our global partners -- including the UNHCR, the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) and the Japan Relief Clothing Center (JRCC) -- the All-Product Recycling Initiative will continue to evolve on a day-to-day basis.
UNIQLO will continue to offer assistance throughout the world by providing truly great clothing to people in need. For more information on the All-Product Recycling Initiative, please visit:
http://www.fastretailing.com/eng/sustainability/community/recycle.html

All-Product Recycling Initiative : Overview of the US, UK and France Launch

The scope of the All-Product Recycling Initiative will expand on September 1, 2011 to include UNIQLO stores in the US, UK and France. As in Japan, clothing collected at UNIQLO's US stores will be donated to refugee and IDP camps through the cooperation of the UNHCR. In the UK and France, clothing collected through this initiative will be distributed to homeless individuals by local NGOs.* Donations may also be used to support other individuals in need, depending on the amount of clothing collected.
* Centrepoint in the UK and Samu Social in France

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Collection period : Year-round
Collection locations : Every UNIQLO store in each country
Valid items : Any products sold in UNIQLO stores
Note:
1. Wet, damp or soiled clothing will not be accepted
2. Please wash items before recycling

 

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