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What

In an effort to help reduce our clothing and textile footprint, Waste not, Want not (WNWN) aims to ensure that clothing and accessories purchased from ecoture australia find their way to good homes once their status becomes pre-loved. To that end - to help close the loop - we've partnered with two fantastic Australian not-for-profits, Wear for Success and St Kilda Gatehouse, and are looking forward to making many donations to both as the program grows. 

Products deemed suitable for eventual donation will be marked with the WNWN icon. Any WNWN item will be able to be returned to us, as long as it's clean, in good condition and still fit for purpose. Each item returned (once accepted) will be rewarded with ecoture loop points. 

Returned pre-loved items will be sorted and donated to the most appropriate of our charity partners for use by them in their programs. 

The complete list of WNWN-eligible products can be viewed here

Why

Australians are the second largest consumers of new textiles in the world, beaten only by the US. We buy an average of 27 kilograms of new textiles each year, and then discard 23 kilograms each year into landfill*. A massive two-thirds of those discards are manmade fibres that take decades to break down, all the while releasing toxic gases into the air. 

And, while Australians have a long history of donating unwanted items to charity, it has been estimated that only about 15% of clothing donated to charities is actually resold locally via op shops. Rather, it's landfill - local and international - where much of our unwanted clothing ends up. 

We've compiled some facts and figures on the issue of textile waste if you'd like to read more and put together a short video highlighting the issues. 

How

There's rules, of course. There has to be for an initiative like this to be administratively manageable. So, this is how it will work:

- You must be an ecoture loop member to participate in the Waste not, Want not initiative. If you're not already a member, you can sign up via the tab at the bottom left of the page, or simply create a customer account.  

- We will accept up to five (5) WNWN items at a time. The returns process can be initiated by logging into your customer account.  

- Each WNWN item submitted will be checked by us on receipt and, if accepted, will be rewarded with the allocation of 3 ecoture loop points for every $1.00 of the item's original purchase price (less GST & shipping) to your ecoture loop account.  

Retrospective

Items purchased from us since we launched on 2 November 2016 are eligible for the Waste not, Want not initiative. So, if you've purchased something in the past couple of months that has since been marked with the WNWN icon, that product is eligible. The same conditions as above will apply. 

Kick Start Drive

To give our charity partners as much support as we can from day one, we're inviting you to send us pre-loved clothing and accessories that are suitable for donation now, even if they weren't purchased from us. Just make sure that they're clean, undamaged and fit for purpose, and we'll make sure they find their way to good homes.

- You do not have to be an ecoture loop member to participate in the WNWN Kick Start Drive, but only members can receive points for donations made.  

- Each item submitted will be checked by us on receipt and, if accepted, will be rewarded with the allocation of 250 ecoture loop points, if applicable. 

Donations to the WNWN kick start drive can be sent free of charge (Australia only) to: 

Reply Paid 90992
Waste Not Want Not
Unit 10
340A Dandenong Road
St Kilda East  VIC  3183

Please complete and include a WNWN Return Form when sending in items for the Kick Start Drive. 

Our supported charities

Wear for Success is an Australian not-for-profit that provides professional clothing and work skills training to provide its clients with the best possible chance of securing employment. 

Since its establishment in 2011, the organisation has helped more than 2,500 people needing support on their journey back to work, issuing more than 20,000 items of work-appropriate clothing. A group of dedicated trained volunteer stylists work with clients to select interview outfits and provide tips on styling and grooming to present well at interview. 

Additional clothing and accessories are then provided once a client has secured employment, so that they can start a new role with a variety of outfits to help them look and feel their best. 

St Kilda Gatehouse is a not-for-profit organisation that works alongside those involved in street-based sex work or who have been affected by commercial sexual exploitation as a result of hardship. At both their St Kilda Drop-In Centre and Dandenong Young Women's Centre, the organisation creates a safe space in which women may access the resources they need. Through providing a place of belonging and engagement, Gatehouse helps individuals address issues such as family violence, drug addiction, homelessness, poverty, mental health and social isolation. 

The fine print

Participation

Participation in the Waste not, Want not program is available to individuals only.  

Amendment to terms

ecoture australia reserves the right at all times to make changes to these terms and conditions, which may include, but are not limited to: 

- changes to the rules governing participation in the program; and 
- changes to the amounts of points, or any other benefit, offered. 

Termination

ecoture australia reserves the right to terminate the Waste not, Want not program at any time by giving you at least 30 days' prior written notice. We may give you notice: 

- online;
- in writing;
- through a newsletter; or 
- through any media source in Australia. 

These terms and conditions should be read in conjunction with our general terms and conditions and with the terms and conditions applicable to the ecoture loop loyalty program

A Waste not, Want not information kit can be downloaded here

* The ABS estimates that 500,000 million tonnes of leather and textiles was sent to landfill in 2010, an average of 23kg per person. It is unspecified, but possible that figure includes carpets and blankets.