icebreaker & UPPAREL

icebreaker has partnered with UPPAREL to change the game and give new life to old clothing. UPPAREL reduces the number of textiles that end up in landfill by reusing or re-purposing pre-loved clothing.

icebreaker & UPPAREL

At the good tonic Being a conscious retailer is something we do with pride. This year, as we work on what this means, growing our understanding of what it means to be in a circular economy, and taking small steps and actions to reduce our own footprint, we thought we would share some of the great initiatives some of the brands we work with are also doing.

icebreaker, are one of those brands, they are here to create a better world for people and nature. As a brand, they are focused on removing unnecessary plastic from apparel at the outset, but it’s important to recognise existing product lifecycles and what happens at the end of their life. By partnering with UPPAREL icebreaker build on their move to natural, enable a conscious solution for clothing at the end of its life, and offer consumers to try natural.

Want to give your old clothing new life?

To get involved, drop off your preloved clothing into us at the good tonic. We accept all clean and washed used clothing excluding socks and underwear. It can be any brand or condition.

How does it work?

Once UPPAREL receives your textiles the items go through a sorting process which is broken down into two categories.
● Reuse - All items that are in wearable condition are passed onto charitable organisations to ensure they are available for those who need them most.
● Repurpose - Any items that can't be re-used or gifted are sorted by type of material and colour and then shredded and spun with new fibres for mattresses, pet beds, home insulation... the list goes on.

Who is UPPAREL?

UPPAREL is an organisation that reduces the number of textiles that end up in landfill by reusing or repurposing pre-loved clothing. Once UPPAREL receives your textiles the items go through a sorting process which is broken down into two categories. All items that are in wearable condition are passed onto charitable organisations to ensure they are available for those who need them most. Any items that can't be reused or gifted are sorted by type of material, hardware removed for repurposing and then the fabric is recycled and repurposed. The most common process is where textiles are shredded and spun with new fibres for cushioning, pet beds, home insulation... the list goes on.


What type of clothing do you accept?

We accept all clean, non-contaminated clothing except socks and underwear for hygiene reasons. Clothing must be washed and cleaned. It can be any brand, material or condition.

What will happen to my pre-loved clothing?

Once UPPAREL receives your textiles the items go through a sorting process which is broken down into two categories. All items that are in wearable condition are passed onto charitable organisations to ensure they are available for those who need them most. Any items that can't be reused or gifted are sorted by type of material, hardware is removed for repurposing and then the fabric is recycled and repurposed. The most common process is where textiles are shredded and spun with new fibres for cushioning, pet beds, home insulation... the list goes on.

 UPPAREL

What charitable organisations does UPPAREL donate clothing for reuse to?

In Australia, UPPAREL partners with countless trusted Australian charities including both nationwide social enterprises as well as grassroots organisations. These partners include Save The Children Australia, RSPCA, Red Cross, We Are Mobilise, Djirra, Youth Projects, Big Group Hug, and many more! To ensure these organisations are not overwhelmed with donations, UPPAREL has an open-door return policy. This means that any items that are no longer needed can be returned to our facility free of charge for further distribution or recycling.

In New Zealand, UPPAREL predominantly partners with the wonderful people at All Heart NZ (unless a brand specifically specifies a different charity they would like to donate to). All Heart NZ Charitable Trust exists to support communities in need throughout Aotearoa and globally. They utilise 100% of funds raised and goods received to create employment, implement sustainability practices and improve the lives of people in need. Their priority areas are; the relief of poverty, furthering education, creating employment and giving hope and dignity.