UPPAREL

@upparelofficial

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🌏 Certified B Corporation 🛋 Creators of FlipUP™ ♻️ Recycle & Earn a $25 Store Credit 🧦 Sustainable Socks and Underwear 👇
One person's trash is another's treasure 💎⁠⁠
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Did you know our FlipUP™ covers are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles? Pretty awesome right!?⁠⁠
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But how do you turn plastic into fabric? First, the bottles are broken down into small flakes, then those flakes are melted into tiny pellets, and then they are melted again, filtered, and spun into threads.⁠⁠
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The result is a very durable, water-resistant, and circular fabric! Once the kids grow up or you no longer require your FlipUP™, we’ll take it back for FREE and upcycle the entire thing into something new ♻️⁠⁠
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Click the link in our bio to get your own FlipUP™ — @upparelofficial⁠⁠
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 #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #bcorp  #recycledfabric  #flipup  #flip  #up  #sofa  #flipout  #kids  #circular  #couch  #recycledfurniture

One person's trash is another's treasure 💎⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Did you know our FlipUP™ covers are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles? Pretty awesome right!?⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ But how do you turn plastic into fabric? First, the bottles are broken down into small flakes, then those flakes are melted into tiny pellets, and then they are melted again, filtered, and spun into threads.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ The result is a very durable, water-resistant, and circular fabric! Once the kids grow up or you no longer require your FlipUP™, we’ll take it back for FREE and upcycle the entire thing into something new ♻️⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Click the link in our bio to get your own FlipUP™ — @upparelofficial⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ #upparel #sustainable #upcycling #recycle #textilerecycling #textilewaste #Upcycle #clothingrecycling #BCorp #recycledfabric #flipup #flip #up #sofa #flipout #kids #circular #couch #recycledfurniture

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2 days ago
It should go without saying but, please don't send us your random junk!

While manually sorting through boxes of textiles, we sometimes find items that don't quite fit in with the rest. It's pretty wild what people send us! Anything ranging from coat hangers to headphones 🎧

Please don't send us whatever is laying around your house. We are textile recyclers, not the local tip. 

Fortunately, this only represents a small percentage of people so we'd like to thank everyone else who follows our guidelines and only sends in items we can recycle.

If you're ever unsure about an item, we have a list of accepted and non-accepted items in the FAQ section of our website. If you don't find an answer to what you're looking for, feel free to send us a message and we'll be able to let you know! 💚

Click the link in our bio — @upparelofficial

It should go without saying but, please don't send us your random junk! While manually sorting through boxes of textiles, we sometimes find items that don't quite fit in with the rest. It's pretty wild what people send us! Anything ranging from coat hangers to headphones 🎧 Please don't send us whatever is laying around your house. We are textile recyclers, not the local tip. Fortunately, this only represents a small percentage of people so we'd like to thank everyone else who follows our guidelines and only sends in items we can recycle. If you're ever unsure about an item, we have a list of accepted and non-accepted items in the FAQ section of our website. If you don't find an answer to what you're looking for, feel free to send us a message and we'll be able to let you know! 💚 Click the link in our bio — @upparelofficial

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3 days ago
We've just reached an exciting new milestone! 🎉⁠⁠
Thanks to everyone's contribution, we've now reused OVER 1,500,000 items! ⁠⁠
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Every item that enters through our warehouse doors goes straight into our sorting process. We've found that over 65% of the textiles are still in fit-for-wear condition!⁠⁠
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To align with our reuse-first policy, we ensure we exhaust every possible option for reusing or repurposing the items, before heading down the path of recycling them ♻️⁠⁠
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Reuse is not only the simplest way to keep textiles out of landfill, but it's also the most resource-efficient. Whilst recycling is an excellent option for unwearable items, recycling items that are fit-for-wear is quite wasteful.⁠⁠
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We donate all of our fit-for-wear items to our Australian charity partners such as Save The Children, Sacred Heart Mission, Ready Set Australia or Good360 Australia. If the items end up unused or unwanted, they're able to return them to our facility to be recycled! Meaning nothing goes to landfills. ⁠⁠
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We're always on the lookout for more partners, so click the link in our bio and look for the "Become a Partner!" button — @upparelofficial⁠⁠
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 #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #bcorp

We've just reached an exciting new milestone! 🎉⁠⁠ Thanks to everyone's contribution, we've now reused OVER 1,500,000 items! ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Every item that enters through our warehouse doors goes straight into our sorting process. We've found that over 65% of the textiles are still in fit-for-wear condition!⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ To align with our reuse-first policy, we ensure we exhaust every possible option for reusing or repurposing the items, before heading down the path of recycling them ♻️⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Reuse is not only the simplest way to keep textiles out of landfill, but it's also the most resource-efficient. Whilst recycling is an excellent option for unwearable items, recycling items that are fit-for-wear is quite wasteful.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ We donate all of our fit-for-wear items to our Australian charity partners such as Save The Children, Sacred Heart Mission, Ready Set Australia or Good360 Australia. If the items end up unused or unwanted, they're able to return them to our facility to be recycled! Meaning nothing goes to landfills. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ We're always on the lookout for more partners, so click the link in our bio and look for the "Become a Partner!" button — @upparelofficial⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ #upparel #sustainable #upcycling #recycle #textilerecycling #textilewaste #Upcycle #clothingrecycling #BCorp

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8 days ago
Still get excited thinking about this day!

We gave away over 16 TONNES of high quality fabrics in less than 6 hours! All of which would have been destined for landfill if we hadn’t stepped up. 

We’re super excited to see what everyone creates! So don’t forget to share it with us — @upparelofficial

If you're interested in future events similar to this, click the link in our bio and register to stay updated — @upparelofficial

 #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #bcorp  #freefabric  #giveaway  #thankyou  #melbourne  #braeside  #mordialloc  #australia

Still get excited thinking about this day! We gave away over 16 TONNES of high quality fabrics in less than 6 hours! All of which would have been destined for landfill if we hadn’t stepped up. We’re super excited to see what everyone creates! So don’t forget to share it with us — @upparelofficial If you're interested in future events similar to this, click the link in our bio and register to stay updated — @upparelofficial #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #Upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #BCorp  #freefabric  #giveaway  #thankyou  #Melbourne  #braeside  #mordialloc  #australia

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10 days ago
Look at all that variety! Towels, sheets, and denim of all shapes, colours, and sizes. With each bale weighing upwards of 200kg, suffice it to say, we have diverted A LOT of textiles from landfills!⁠
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The textiles you see here fall under the 'repurpose' category. This means they are no longer fit-for-use, but not ready to be recycled either!⁠
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This could mean donating old sheets, towels and blankets to animal shelters. Or giving denim to partners like @reborn.homie, @intocarry.co or @kitx to make new upcycled products! And even supplying start-ups like @weare_coop with old backpack hardware to put the finishing touches on their 100% recycled bags!⁠⠀⁠
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Can you see your old items in the mix??⁠
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Click the link in our bio to contribute — @upparelofficial⁠
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 #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #bcorp  #reducereuserecycle  #standup  #nextgeneration  #repurpose  #upcycle  #landfill  #fastfashion

Look at all that variety! Towels, sheets, and denim of all shapes, colours, and sizes. With each bale weighing upwards of 200kg, suffice it to say, we have diverted A LOT of textiles from landfills!⁠ ⁠ The textiles you see here fall under the 'repurpose' category. This means they are no longer fit-for-use, but not ready to be recycled either!⁠ ⁠ This could mean donating old sheets, towels and blankets to animal shelters. Or giving denim to partners like @reborn.homie, @intocarry.co or @kitx to make new upcycled products! And even supplying start-ups like @weare_coop with old backpack hardware to put the finishing touches on their 100% recycled bags!⁠⠀⁠ ⁠ Can you see your old items in the mix??⁠ ⁠ Click the link in our bio to contribute — @upparelofficial⁠ ⁠ #upparel #sustainable #upcycling #recycle #textilerecycling #textilewaste #Upcycle #clothingrecycling #BCorp #reducereuserecycle #standup #nextgeneration #repurpose #Upcycle #landfill #FastFashion

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13 days ago
Let's start with some not-so-great news...⁠
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According to the Australian National Waste Report of 2020 conducted by Blue Environment, an estimated 780,000 TONNES of textile waste was generated from 2018-19. Only an estimated 7% was recycled, making it the least recycled material category.⁠
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The numbers might seem bleak, but there’s actually a lot we can do to create a positive impact and start to turn these numbers around! Whether it's shopping at Op-Shops, fixing clothes rather than discarding them, avoid fast fashion and support the slow fashion movement, or send your items to UPPAREL for recycling!⁠
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We've seen how little decisions and changes can make a world of difference. Thanks to your commitment to step up and make a change, we've diverted over 320,000kg of textile waste from landfills! That's incredible! Every bit of which will be either reused, repurposed, or upcycled ♻⁠
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Whilst we won't be able to eradicate textile waste overnight, we promise to continue putting our planet over profit and not allow perfection to get in the way of progress. With your help, we can make a serious difference 💚⁠
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 #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #bcorp  #worldevironmentday2021  #worldenvironmentday  #urgent  #climatechange  #recycling  #noplanetb  #reducereuserecycle  #planetoverprofit

Let's start with some not-so-great news...⁠ ⁠ According to the Australian National Waste Report of 2020 conducted by Blue Environment, an estimated 780,000 TONNES of textile waste was generated from 2018-19. Only an estimated 7% was recycled, making it the least recycled material category.⁠ ⁠ The numbers might seem bleak, but there’s actually a lot we can do to create a positive impact and start to turn these numbers around! Whether it's shopping at Op-Shops, fixing clothes rather than discarding them, avoid fast fashion and support the slow fashion movement, or send your items to UPPAREL for recycling!⁠ ⁠ We've seen how little decisions and changes can make a world of difference. Thanks to your commitment to step up and make a change, we've diverted over 320,000kg of textile waste from landfills! That's incredible! Every bit of which will be either reused, repurposed, or upcycled ♻⁠ ⁠ Whilst we won't be able to eradicate textile waste overnight, we promise to continue putting our planet over profit and not allow perfection to get in the way of progress. With your help, we can make a serious difference 💚⁠ ⁠ #upparel #sustainable #upcycling #recycle #textilerecycling #textilewaste #Upcycle #clothingrecycling #BCorp #worldevironmentday2021 #WorldEnvironmentDay #URGENT #climatechange #recycling #noplanetb #reducereuserecycle #planetoverprofit

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16 days ago
It was fun while it lasted, but all good things must come to an end...

After thorough research and testing, we have been unable to find a suitable solution to effectively recycle our underwear. This means that offering this product no longer fits within our mission to eradicate textile waste. So as of June 1st, we have permanently ceased production of our underwear line and consequently removed it from our online store. 

Since 2019, we've been dedicated to diverting textile waste from landfills. So it doesn't make sense to continue to contribute to an ongoing problem that we're already fighting to extinguish. 

Even though our underwear range was a primary source of revenue, we cannot, in good conscience, produce underwear knowing they're end-of-life destination. Although we're yet to find a viable solution to recycle underwear, we promise to continue to work towards finding a way to keep underwear out of landfills.

What a journey we've been on. From starting out as a sock subscription for Men, evolving into offering socks and underwear for Men, Women and Children and now successfully transitioning into the World's First Digital Textile Recyclers. As a company, our values have evolved and so too has our purpose. 

We hope all of our community and long term subscribers can understand and appreciate this decision 💚 
 
 #victorialockdown  #underwear  #newchapter  #upparel  #textilewaste  #textilerecycling  #sacrifice  #recycling  #upcycling  #melbourne  #victoria  #australia  #braeside  #fabric  #jocks  #undies  #adios  #mordialloc  #toughdecisions

It was fun while it lasted, but all good things must come to an end... After thorough research and testing, we have been unable to find a suitable solution to effectively recycle our underwear. This means that offering this product no longer fits within our mission to eradicate textile waste. So as of June 1st, we have permanently ceased production of our underwear line and consequently removed it from our online store. Since 2019, we've been dedicated to diverting textile waste from landfills. So it doesn't make sense to continue to contribute to an ongoing problem that we're already fighting to extinguish. Even though our underwear range was a primary source of revenue, we cannot, in good conscience, produce underwear knowing they're end-of-life destination. Although we're yet to find a viable solution to recycle underwear, we promise to continue to work towards finding a way to keep underwear out of landfills. What a journey we've been on. From starting out as a sock subscription for Men, evolving into offering socks and underwear for Men, Women and Children and now successfully transitioning into the World's First Digital Textile Recyclers. As a company, our values have evolved and so too has our purpose.  We hope all of our community and long term subscribers can understand and appreciate this decision 💚    #victorialockdown #underwear #newchapter #upparel #textilewaste #textilerecycling #sacrifice #recycling #upcycling #Melbourne #victoria #australia #braeside #fabric #jocks #undies #adios #mordialloc #toughdecisions

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17 days ago
Even as Melbourne remains in lockdown for an additional week, our warehouse team continues to sort and grade THOUSANDS of textiles daily!

Our warehouse sometimes rides a fine line between organised and chaos; but we suppose that's to be expected when diverting over 2 million textile items from landfill ♻

Working from the rear of the warehouse to the front, you'll see bales filled with a variety of repurposable textiles, followed by plain boxes with fit-for-wear items sorted and ready to be passed on to our Australian charity partners. Over to the right you'll see our incoming textile collections from all over Australia, and to the left are the sorted textiles ready to be recycled into something brand new! 

And of course, we have our legendary warehouse manager, Andrew, about bring order to the chaos!

Want to contribute? Click the link in our bio to book your own textile collection — @upparelofficial

 #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #bcorp  #cardboard  #australia  #melbourne  #victoria  #victorianlockdown  #mordialloc  #braeside

Even as Melbourne remains in lockdown for an additional week, our warehouse team continues to sort and grade THOUSANDS of textiles daily! Our warehouse sometimes rides a fine line between organised and chaos; but we suppose that's to be expected when diverting over 2 million textile items from landfill ♻ Working from the rear of the warehouse to the front, you'll see bales filled with a variety of repurposable textiles, followed by plain boxes with fit-for-wear items sorted and ready to be passed on to our Australian charity partners. Over to the right you'll see our incoming textile collections from all over Australia, and to the left are the sorted textiles ready to be recycled into something brand new! And of course, we have our legendary warehouse manager, Andrew, about bring order to the chaos! Want to contribute? Click the link in our bio to book your own textile collection — @upparelofficial #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #Upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #BCorp  #cardboard #australia #Melbourne #victoria #victorianlockdown #mordialloc #braeside

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18 days ago
Look mum, we're on the news! 📺

Last week we had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Josh Howard on Ticker Green!

Michael Elias, co-founder and CEO of UPPAREL, spoke about some exciting new programs we're developing and how we continue to evolve and grow as a community driven business. 

A huge thank you to the @tickernewsco team for having us on!

To watch to the full interview, click the link in our bio — @upparelofficial

 #news  #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #bcorp  #thankyou  #melbourne  #braeside  #mordialloc  #australia  #story  #reels  #highlight

Look mum, we're on the news! 📺 Last week we had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Josh Howard on Ticker Green! Michael Elias, co-founder and CEO of UPPAREL, spoke about some exciting new programs we're developing and how we continue to evolve and grow as a community driven business. A huge thank you to the @tickernewsco team for having us on! To watch to the full interview, click the link in our bio — @upparelofficial #news #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #Upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #BCorp  #thankyou  #Melbourne  #braeside  #mordialloc  #australia #story #reels #highlight

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20 days ago
Dear Melburnians, 
We know lockdown sucks, but we have a little something to make your week a little brighter!

For the next week, you can use code
MELBOURNELOCKDOWN
at checkout for $5 off clothing collections!

It’s never fun being stuck at home, but it IS the perfect time to declutter and finish off those households projects we all keep putting off 😉

Whether it’s dusting the shelves, re-painting some walls, getting your hands dirty with some gardening, or clearing out your wardrobe. Now is the time to get it done! 

Even though the UPPAREL team will be bunkering down with the rest of Victoria, our clothing collection service will still be fully operational. We’ll still be actively booking your collections and our courier partners will be picking up your items right across Australia. 

We’ve been through this before, we know the drill. Stay safe, be kind and support your friends and family in any way you can and we’ll all come out of this lockdown better than ever! 💚

Click the link in our bio to book your clothing collection today! — @upparelofficial

 #victorialockdown  #lockdown  #australia  #melbourne  #melburnian  #victoria  #mordialloc  #braeside  #cbd  #textilewaste  #recycling  #clothingrecycling  #textilerecycling  #upcycling  #fastfashion  #reducereuserecycle

Dear Melburnians, We know lockdown sucks, but we have a little something to make your week a little brighter! For the next week, you can use code
MELBOURNELOCKDOWN at checkout for $5 off clothing collections! It’s never fun being stuck at home, but it IS the perfect time to declutter and finish off those households projects we all keep putting off 😉 Whether it’s dusting the shelves, re-painting some walls, getting your hands dirty with some gardening, or clearing out your wardrobe. Now is the time to get it done! 
 Even though the UPPAREL team will be bunkering down with the rest of Victoria, our clothing collection service will still be fully operational. We’ll still be actively booking your collections and our courier partners will be picking up your items right across Australia. We’ve been through this before, we know the drill. Stay safe, be kind and support your friends and family in any way you can and we’ll all come out of this lockdown better than ever! 💚
 Click the link in our bio to book your clothing collection today! — @upparelofficial #victorialockdown #lockdown #australia #Melbourne #melburnian #victoria #mordialloc #braeside #cbd #textilewaste #recycling #clothingrecycling #textilerecycling #upcycling #FastFashion #reducereuserecycle

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23 days ago
Remember to stack responsibly! 📦

We’re now offering collections up to 10 BOXES! That means you can recycle 100kg of textiles all in one go! ♻️

Shoes, t-shirts, backpacks, jeans, jackets, towels, sheets, fabric off-cuts; pack them up, send them to us and we’ll ensure they don’t end up in landfill. 

Just make sure that you safely stack them when leaving them outside for the courier. Do as we say, not as we do 😁

Your next clean-out is now only a few clicks away. Follow the link in our bio to get started — @upparelofficial

 #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #bcorp  #thankyou  #melbourne  #braeside  #mordialloc  #australia

Remember to stack responsibly! 📦 We’re now offering collections up to 10 BOXES! That means you can recycle 100kg of textiles all in one go! ♻️ Shoes, t-shirts, backpacks, jeans, jackets, towels, sheets, fabric off-cuts; pack them up, send them to us and we’ll ensure they don’t end up in landfill. Just make sure that you safely stack them when leaving them outside for the courier. Do as we say, not as we do 😁

Your next clean-out is now only a few clicks away. Follow the link in our bio to get started — @upparelofficial #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #Upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #BCorp #thankyou  #Melbourne  #braeside  #mordialloc  #australia

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24 days ago
Did you know we diverted over 16 TONNES of fabric in a single day?⁠⁠
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Last week we hosted one of the biggest fabric giveaway events Australia has ever seen! We had nearly 400 people attend from all over the state (and some even further) to help themselves to well over 16 tonnes of high-quality material. ⁠⁠That’s 16 tonnes that could have otherwise ended up in landfill without us and our community! 
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We spoke to people from all walks of life who all needed the material for unique purposes. Some looking to make clothes for their kids, others wanted to create medieval costumes! We had people who taught sewing lessons and those who owned sustainable fashion brands. ⁠⁠
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We're very thankful to everyone who attended and patiently waited in line throughout the day whilst we gradually perfected how the day should operate. The event wouldn't have run as smoothly as it did without everyone's patience and cooperation 💚⁠⁠
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Please share your creations with us either via DM or on your story and tag us @upparelofficial. We can't wait to see what all that fabric will be transformed into!⁠⁠
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Are you finished with the fabric or have unwanted offcuts? We can take them off your hands and recycle them for you! Head to the link in our bio to book in a clothing collection — @upparelofficial⁠⁠
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Stay tuned for similar events in the future!⁠⁠
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 #upparel  #sustainable  #upcycling  #recycle  #textilerecycling  #textilewaste  #upcycle  #clothingrecycling  #bcorp  #freefabric  #giveaway  #thankyou  #melbourne  #braeside  #mordialloc  #australia

Did you know we diverted over 16 TONNES of fabric in a single day?⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Last week we hosted one of the biggest fabric giveaway events Australia has ever seen! We had nearly 400 people attend from all over the state (and some even further) to help themselves to well over 16 tonnes of high-quality material. ⁠⁠That’s 16 tonnes that could have otherwise ended up in landfill without us and our community! ⁠⁠ We spoke to people from all walks of life who all needed the material for unique purposes. Some looking to make clothes for their kids, others wanted to create medieval costumes! We had people who taught sewing lessons and those who owned sustainable fashion brands. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ We're very thankful to everyone who attended and patiently waited in line throughout the day whilst we gradually perfected how the day should operate. The event wouldn't have run as smoothly as it did without everyone's patience and cooperation 💚⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Please share your creations with us either via DM or on your story and tag us @upparelofficial. We can't wait to see what all that fabric will be transformed into!⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Are you finished with the fabric or have unwanted offcuts? We can take them off your hands and recycle them for you! Head to the link in our bio to book in a clothing collection — @upparelofficial⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Stay tuned for similar events in the future!⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ #upparel #sustainable #upcycling #recycle #textilerecycling #textilewaste #Upcycle #clothingrecycling #BCorp #freefabric #giveaway #thankyou #Melbourne #braeside #mordialloc #australia

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26 days ago