We estimate that each school student discards about 12 non-wearable school or sports clothing items annually - about 6kg.
This means that potentially over 9,600 tonnes of textiles are ending up in landfill. OUCH!!
You don't want that and neither do we. We have started collecting non wearable items to see what can be done.
Called the Purpose Project we are working alongside some great organisations to begin to give those items a new 'purpose'.
You may not know that virgin polyester is made from petroleum! a fossil fuel. We want to use rPET polyester only and also take all polyester back to up-cycle it into new materials or even new shirts.
Making new shirts and other clothing is tough at the moment and a few organisations bigger than us are working on it. But, throw us your dead polyester and we will join the fight to up-cycle them.
Fill in the contact form on the Purpose Page to arrange collection of you bag of goodies from your School.
We love being part of a wide community working to create a circular economy and hope to 'own our waste' through reuse, recycling and up-cycling.
Funded by NSW Department of Primary Industry and hosted by UNSW the Circular Economy Innovation Network is a step toward us all learning how to turn waste into a resource.
Company Profile NSW Circular is a NSW government-funded body with environment, economic and social goals embedded into our work. Delivering for government organisations, and empowering industry and people is at the heart of what we do. We are created by the Office of NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer and hosted by UNSW Sydney. Our mission is to deliver a zero-carbon circular economy in NSW by:
● Providing transparent and open data to the market
● Helping deliver new circular economy markets, infrastructure and services
● Working collaboratively with businesses, government, researchers and individuals to remove barriers and scale the circular economy
● Empowering people to promote circular behaviours and change
What is a Circular Economy A circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. Gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system, it is based on three principles:
1. Design out waste and pollution
2. Keep products and materials in use
3. Regenerate natural systems
NSW has rising waste volumes, plateauing resource recovery rates and some of the highest per capita emissions in the world - almost triple the global average. It has been identified NSW will not reach its target of net-zero emissions by 2050 without a circular economy.