The initiative will give customers the opportunity to bring in any unwanted textiles purchased from any store – from clothing to soft furnishings – to be reused, repaired or recycled. There will also be workshops in store showing customers how they can breathe new life into old textiles, or turn them into something new.
All textile products received will be donated to the YMCA in Roath, Cardiff. The pilot scheme, supported by the not-for-profit organisation WRAP, aims to provide a range of textiles for people in the local community, including the homeless and low-income families.
Recent research by WRAP found that textiles were one of the least-recycled commodities in the waste sector. Each year, the UK consumes an estimated 1.7 million tonnes of textiles, almost a third of which ends up in landfill or incineration.
Matthew Fessey, store manager at IKEA Cardiff, said: “With our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people, the textile take-back scheme in Cardiff will help our customers to live more sustainably while supporting people in need who are living in the local community.
“Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and this scheme builds on our zero-waste-to-landfill achievement last year across the UK & Ireland business. We also want to allow our customers to upcycle their unwanted goods instead of throwing them away, minimising the contribution to landfill.”
Mandy Caddy, from the YMCA in Cardiff, added: “We are delighted to partner with IKEA Cardiff on the textile take-back scheme. This initiative not only diverts waste from landfill, but enables the YMCA to provide much-needed items to people in the community.
“Donated items will also be sold at our charity shops, helping to generate income to support homeless services in Cardiff. What’s more, it will provide the homeless and unemployed with training opportunities in recycling and retail to help them find employment. It’s a win-win for the local community and the environment.”