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H&M And Puma Will Recycle Your Old Clothes

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Green Clean, Lifestyle | 4 comments

Puma store clothes recycling binIn-store clothes recycling centers are a new trend in retail and we like it! It doesn’t get any easier than dropping off old clothes where you’ll be buying new ones.

Both H&M and Puma recently began accepting clothes of any brand, quality or condition. Puma also accepts sneakers. And if the clerk Nicole talked to at Puma is right, more national clothing stores will have recycling programs soon.

Since both retailers are partnered with the same company, I:CO, their programs are very similar.  You can drop off any clothing – whether it’s in like-new condition or falling apart at the seams – and it will be recycled.

The goal of the recycling program is zero waste so your clothes will be reworn, upcycled or turned into energy. If the clothes are in good condition, they will be worn again. If the clothes are not wearable, they will be upcycled into other products, such as cleaning cloths or insulation. If the item cannot be reworn or upcycled, it will be turned into energy.

recycle-clothes-2One difference in the programs is that H&M limits customers to recycling 2 bags per person, per day and offers an incentive. For each bag of clothes you donate at an H&M store, you’ll get one coupon for 15% off a single item.

While many people already donate clothes to their local charities, many others don’t. As retailers like H&M and Puma introduce recycling programs through their national and global networks of stores, shoppers will be constantly reminded to recycle old clothes and it will be incredibly convenient to do so.

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I’ve been collecting unwearable clothes in a box for about a year hoping to find a way to recycle them. Needless to say, I bagged up my clothes and dropped them off at the local Puma store the same day I learned that clothes were included in the Bring Back program. I prefer to keep wearable clothing in my community and donate to different charities regularly, but these recycling bins are perfect for my ripped clothes and partner-less gloves and socks.


Kim is an eco enthusiast who tries to make small changes that will add up and make a difference.

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  1. Maddie

    This is AWESOME! I just started making a quilt out of all of my old t-shirts that are either too ratty or too small to wear. I loved the whole idea of creating something new out of them, but as I started making it I realized that I would still need to throw away about 70% of each shirt because the quilt only uses the front decal. I’ve been holing on to the scraps of left over sleeves and the backs of the shirts hoping to find a new use for them instead of putting them in the trash – and now I know what to do with them! Thanks so much!

  2. Ella

    Stumbled upon your site…love it and THANKS for the H&M tip…been putting of cleaning out closets and drawers…what to do with the too-shabby to donate items. Gave your site a shout-out on FB.

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