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Textile recycler calls for more retail support

Value retailers should offer ‘take back’ schemes to quickly and effectively boost their ethical capital, believes Maxine Sault managing director of BCR Global Textiles.

According to the textile recycler, most schemes currently available are operated by high value retailers, offering recycling for batteries and spectacles alongside packaging refills. Sault says retailers at all levels should look at introducing take-back schemes to improve their CSR, while engaging with customers.

“Many retailers are offering bring-back and recycling schemes because it is the best way to make a positive impact on the environment, while enabling customers to play their part,” she adds. “When a person takes the trouble to slim down their wardrobe removing items they no longer wear and then ethically recycles them, they have a clear conscience to replace those items, which is a very powerful concept.”

Sault says retailers can take advantage of recycling by inviting customers to recycle last season’s clothing as they shop for the new season.

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