Resource Use

UK sustainable fashion event collaborates with Salvation Army Trading Company

The collaboration provides an opportunity for the trading arm of The Salvation Army to showcase the charity’s recycling technology and ways for brands and retailers to extend the useful life of their products.

SATCoL Source Fashion EventSource Fashion (Olympia London from February 18 – 20 February 2024) connects manufacturers from sourcing regions around the world with retailers, brands, and designers looking to responsibly and sustainably source new products.

Sustainable Fashion

The recently-announced collaboration affords the Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL) the opportunity to showcase its Project Re:claim polyester recycling technology, developed in partnership with Plan B. Project Re:claim – one of the world’s first commercial-scale, post-consumer polyester recycling plants – turns recycled polyester back into raw material. The exclusive system uses a thermomechanical recycling process that turns polyester garments and offcuts into rPET pellets.

Majonne Frost, Head of Environment and Sustainability at SATCoL said: “Last year SATCoL enabled reuse and recycling of over 250 million products but there are always items which are too damaged, and we cannot resell and they are often garments made from polyester. With this new technology we can give these clothes a new lease of life. This is the future of fashion.”

SATCoL will also be a part of a panel discussion with Pretty Lavish for a discussion on breaking the fashion cycle of overproduction, underconsumption, as well as how to reclaim materials to return them to the supply chain.

Kirk Bradley, Head of Corporate Partnerships at SATCoL said: “We are part of a society that over consumes in many areas. Our role in minimising the environmental impacts of textiles is
to divert as much as possible away from disposal and lessen the burden of overproduction.

Source Home & Gift

SATCoL is also collaborating with the Source Home and Gift event (Birmingham NEC, 1 - 4 September 2024), which focuses on sustainable sourcing of homewares, toys, gifts, furniture or packaging services - alternative textile streams alongside fashion.

Speaking the ways that SATCoL works with a variety of different brands, Bradley explained: “We have several schemes that are available including Take Back and Corporate Donations, where we can receive excess, customer returns and faulty stock and help to divert items away from disposal.”

Bradley concluded: “Our role in minimising the environmental impacts of products is to divert as much as possible away from disposal and lessen the burden of overproduction. Reusing and repurposing the items we receive is crucial to helping sustain our planet, one donation at a time.”

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