RECYCLING SCHOOL UNIFORMS AT Smarter Uniforms

We Resell good quality secondhand uniforms

for YOU to Reuse,

We also Recycle outdated or damaged uniforms and non-uniform donations to other organisations, in order to prevent textile waste, whilst supporting local and global communities!

Our intern Olivia has researched and created fantastic ways to recycle all the donations we receive at Smarter Uniforms, as not all donations are in a suitable condition for resale. 

 

1. What happens to your donations?

All donations at Smarter Uniforms are sorted into current uniform, non-uniform, out-of-date uniform, and damaged. All current uniform is washed and prepared for sale in the shop.

Clothes that are non-uniform, out-of-date uniform or damaged are then sent off to different organisations depending on the condition of the clothes. However, we are always looking to develop our recycling scheme so if you are aware of a scheme in need of waste textiles, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

2. Why does Smarter Uniforms Care?

Smarter Uniforms wants to help to decrease the impact that the clothing industry, particularly the uniform industry, has on the environment and this planet. By reducing the amount of uniform going to landfill we are doing our part in protecting the planet for the next generation.

 

3. Where do the damaged clothes go?

The clothing that is too damaged either due to stains or holes will be taken to Brighton and Hove Textile Recycling who will shred the clothing to become the stuffing for sofas and car seats.    

 

4. Where do out of date uniforms go?

We are constantly looking for better methods and innovation to help recycle out of date uniforms.  Previously, some uniforms have been sent to Samara’s Aid, which is an organisation that sends the clothing to Syria and distributes it to those in need.

    

Pictures from a donation of outdated School Uniforms to Samara’s Aid, Lewes Depot.

 

5. What happens to any non-uniform?

Any non-uniform which cannot be worn to school will be either sent to various organisations whom can utilise the textiles to prevent waste.  Previously this has included Samara’s Aid or given to Brighton Unemployed Centre, Families Project to help families in the Brighton and Hove area.

For more information about the organisations we’ve sent our uniforms too, please visit http://www.samarasaidappeal.org for Samara’s aid or go to https://bucfp.org for the Brighton Unemployed Centre, Families Project.