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Last Updated: 2018.01.31

Fast Retailing Begins School Registration for the 2018 Power of Clothing Project

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Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., operator of the UNIQLO and GU brands, announces the start of registration for the 2018 Power of Clothing Project, a donation drive for used UNIQLO and GU clothing, conducted at schools throughout Japan. Registration is accepted through a dedicated website from February 1, with around 400 schools expected to take part. Items collected over the program are donated to refugees and others in need as part of Fast Retailing's broader All-Product Recycling Initiative*.

The Power of Clothing Project partners with schools to promote understanding among students of the goals of the All-Product Recycling Initiative, launched by Fast Retailing in 2006, and to encourage their participation. Through the project Fast Retailing aims to demonstrate the power of clothing to young people, and to deepen their understanding of social issues.

Fast Retailing launched the Power of Clothing Project in 2013, and as of the end of 2017 its employees have visited 1,057 schools, speaking to 118,520 students. This initiative has also been recognized by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), which in 2016 presented Fast Retailing with an award for companies that provide experiences for young people.

Registration for the 2018 Power of Clothing Project

Registration Period


February 1 (Thurs.) - April 20, 2018 (Fri.)

Program Overview


At the start of the project, Fast Retailing employees will visit schools, giving a presentation on clothing recycling and the current status of refugees. Afterward, students organize their own donation drive, collecting children's clothing from their schools and neighborhoods. Collected items are then sent to refugees around the world, where there is a shortage of clothing for affected children.



Elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools in Japan able to support on-site classes of at least 20 students during June-July 2018.

Participation Fee


Free of charge




* Since the launch of the All-Product Recycling Initiative in 2006, Fast Retailing has collected approximately 66 million articles of clothing in 16 countries and regions, and provided 2.6 million items to people in 65 countries and regions (as of August 31, 2016). Through a desire to utilize clothing that is still in wearable condition to aid those who need it, in 2007 we began donating items to refugee camps and relief organizations. In February 2011, Fast Retailing concluded a global partnership agreement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and began working to solve the global refugee crisis.

Further details : https://www.uniqlo.com/en/sustainability/refugees/recycle/


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