Sock Recycling Satchel

We’d love for you to recycle your old socks after you no longer wear them, so that together we can close the loop on textile waste. The $7.50 covers the cost of shipping and recycling a full bag of socks. They can be of any brand and be in any state. And what’s more? For being a good Samaritan and diverting textile waste from landfill you are being rewarded with 10% off your next order. Umfies keep you warm all winter ☁️.

T&C’s Apply – This product is only available in Australia. The 10% off on your next order is only applied once (1-time offer), after your first satchel order.. Before purchasing this product, please check here whether there are any drop-off points near you.

Why recycle my old socks?

800,000,000 kilograms are thrown away every year

Australians discard over 23kg of textiles annually, equalling 6,000kg of textile waste being disposed every 10 minutes. Globally, 87% of disposed textiles are sent to landfill or incinerated; 12% is mechanically recycled into fibre, insulation material or rags; and LESS than 1% is chemically recycled back to reusable raw materials.

You’ll have a positive impact

For every 1kg of textiles you divert from landfill, you’ll be preventing 3-4kg of greenhouse gases from polluting the atmosphere. Upparel makes it easy and take the hassle out of determining whether to reuse, upcycle or recycle your textiles.

Nothing will end up in landfill

By implementing their philosophy of reuse first where possible, then upcycle when necessary, Upparel will ensure that nothing is ever sent off-shore or dumped in landfill.

We’ll reward you for doing good

You’ll score a 10% discount code just for participating in the program (10% off your next order, T&C’s apply). Spend it knowing that you’ve positively contributed to the fight against textile landfill.

Frequently Asked Questions

What items can we accept?

All unwanted socks, stockings and tights in any condition. Please make sure they are washed.

How do I send my items back to you?

Once you get your prepaid satchel and you have filled it up and closed it up you can drop it off at any of the drop off points listed in the e-mail sent out to you. If you have not received an email, please reach out to us (!

What do I get in return?

For every parcel of socks sent back to us you will receive a voucher for 10% off your next order. T&C apply.

What impact do I have?

For every kg of socks, stockings and tights sent back to us you save approximately 4kg of greenhouse gas emissions.

How many KG can I send back?

Up to 10kg, as long as it fits in the bag.

What happens to my items?

Currently 65% of items that UPPAREL is receiving are in new or fit-for-wear condition and are prepared to be passed onto our epic Australian partners; Save The Children, Sacred Heart Mission, Ready Set Australia, St Kilda Mums and Good360 Australia! The remaining 35% are assessed for their suitability to be upcycled into new items or recycled into new materials.

Do I earn a discount voucher every time I participate?

The credit voucher is only issued for your first collection. Each subsequent collection that you purchase will not qualify for an additional store credit.

 How long is your voucher valid for?

1 year

Why does it cost $7.50 to have my items collected?

Great question! Whilst the $7.50 fee is fully redeemable in the form of a store credit, it also helps to contribute towards a number of the costs involved in operating a textile recycling initiative, such as shipping and recycling the items, of which the costs are covered by Umfies. The average cost to collect 10kg across Australia is $22.03 (though you can imagine how these increase for rural collections). There are also the costs associated in storing items, separating them, sorting them based on their second life use and preparing new or fit-for-wear items to be distributed to Upparel’s epic Australian partners; Save The Children, Sacred Heart Mission, Ready Set Australia, St Kilda Mums and Good360 Australia! The collection fee is really important in contributing towards these costs and supporting Upparel’s mission as a small Australian start-up to keep textiles out of landfill and create a circular fashion system.