Pre-loved linen makes a return

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Sheridan Outlet Bunbury assistant store manager Cloe Reichelt drops in some donations in the store's recycle bin.
Camera IconSheridan Outlet Bunbury assistant store manager Cloe Reichelt drops in some donations in the store's recycle bin. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

Bunbury residents can throw in the towel for a good cause through a new recycling initiative at one of the Homemaker Centre’s factory outlets.

Sheridan Outlet Bunbury has taken on the homewares brand’s recycling program, which encourages customers to return pre-loved bed linen and towels.

The items are then destined to be broken down into recycled cotton and repurposed into new products.

Assistant store manager Cloe Reichelt said if the Bunbury community played a small part through the initiative, it could make a big difference.

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“Recycling initiatives are incredibly important, in whatever form they come in,” Ms Reichelt said.

“We want to protect what’s important to us and need to be taking action to make positive change wherever we can.

“We need to become innovative in what we recycle and the way we recycle it.

“We’re aiming to help our customers to live more sustainably and the recycling program empowers them to make thoughtful decisions when it comes to recycling unwanted bed linen and towels.”

The business has extended the recycling program across all of its 56 factory outlets in the country following the success of its launch at a boutique store in February.

A collection point is now available at the Bunbury store and customers have already embraced the initiative, according to Ms Reichelt.

“We’ve received an outstanding response from the community so far,” she said.

“Customers are engaging with the program and are excited to see their contributions making a difference.”

Senior marketing manager Kate Sallman said Sheridan took on the initiative as part of its responsibility to the environment and commitment to sustainability.

“We recognise that the waste of the textile industry is a huge problem and we wanted to play our part in order to make a real difference,” Ms Sallman said.

“The program ensures bed linen and towels are diverted from landfill and sent to our partnering factories to be made into recycled yarn that can be repurposed into new products.”

The linen and towels can be any brand.

So far, the initiative has seen more than 4000kg of pre-loved bed linen and towels collected.

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