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All-Product Recycling

Last Updated: 2018.11.30
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Fast Retailing collects clothing no longer used by customers to donate to others in need. Clothes no longer wearable are reused as refuse-derived fuel. We are committed to getting the most value out of clothing possible, doing our part to give back to society.

All-Product Recycling

At Fast Retailing, we believe in getting the most value out of clothing possible. We began our All-Product Recycling Initiative in 2006, when UNIQLO stores started collecting clothing no longer used by customers for reuse and recycling. GU is now also part of this initiative.

Since that time, we have expanded the program across 16 countries and regions around the world, including Greater China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States. Customers are invited to bring their clothes to a nearby UNIQLO or GU location, supporting a worldwide program to reuse clothing. We sort through clothing received, donating wearable clothes (about 80 percent of donations) to refugees and displaced individuals in need. Clothing no longer wearable is ground up in crushers. We remove any metal, after which we combine and compress the shredded clothing with paper and plastics for reuse as recycled paper and plastic fuel (RPF). Recycled paper and plastic fuel is an alternative to coal and fossil fuels, used in special boilers operated by major paper manufacturers.

Recycled paper and plastic fuel made from recycled clothing

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