If you have good quality Op-shop sellable clothes in your wardrobe, old tea towels bed linen and towels that you haven’t got around to throwing out, today is the day to do your bit for the environment by taking them down to the Bicentennial Hall Carpark, in Bicentennial Drive Sunshine Beach. Find out more from the Noosa Council Website below.
This is a one-off trial initiative so you need to get down there between 8.00 am and 3.00 pm today.
How it works:
- Collect your old, worn-out sheets, towels, pillowcases, quilt covers and tea towels that you can no longer use. While you’re at it, gather up any unwanted clothing that is in good condition.
- Make sure all your items are CLEAN and DRY then sort them into SEPARATE BAGS one for linen and one for clothing.
- Visit Bicentennial Hall carpark, Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach on Sunday 5th June between 8am – 3pm to do your bit to save the planet by keeping textile waste out of landfill. This is a drive-through event.
- The first 100 drop-offs will receive a free tree, thanks to Noosa Landcare.
- All linen donations will be collected by BlockTexx to be converted into valuable, high-grade materials that can be used by Australian manufacturers to create new products such as hydro-mulch, fertiliser, shopping baskets and geosynthetic fabrics.
- Any clothing donations will be collected and donated to St Vincent de Paul’s to support Vinnies Stores.
- The “Give a Sheet” for the planet initiative is a joint partnership between clean technology company BlockTexx, St. Vincent de Paul and Noosa Council.
Why are textiles and clothing a problem?
- Every year in Australia, one million tonnes of textile waste ends up in landfill. This does not breakdown.
- Global textile waste is predicted to hit 140 million tonnes by 2030.
- Australians acquire an average of 27 kgs of new clothing per person each year. We discard around 23 kilograms of clothing to landfill each year (The University of Queensland).
- Australia is the second highest consumer of textiles per person in the world, after the United States of America.
- The clothing industry contribute up to 5% of global carbon emissions more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined (WEF 2021).
- One kilogram of unwanted textile waste processed by BlockTexx is equivalent to 30kgs of CO2 emissions.
Who is BlockTexx and what do they do?
- BlockTexx is a world-leading clean technology company that will soon open Australia’s first textile resource recovery facility in Logan.
- BlockTexx’s S.O.F.T. (separation of fibre technology) process takes polyester and cotton blended fabric and turns it into high quality recycled PET pellets and natural cellulose powder that can be used to manufacture new items.
- One kilogram of unwanted textile waste processed by BlockTexx is equivalent to 30kgs of CO2 emissions. That means one truck load of linen collected, will have diverted 10 tonnes of textile waste from landfill and will have removed carbon emissions equivalent to taking 65 cars off the road for a year*
- EPA NSW figures state the average family car emits 4.6 tonnes per year of CO2e. BlockTexx offsets 30 tonnes of CO2e for every tonne of textile waste processed – the equivalent to 6.5 average family cars.
- For more information about BlockTexx: go to www.blocktexx.com
Drop off details:
- Sunday the 5th June 2022, 8am-3pm
- Bicentennial Hall carpark, Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach
A big thank-you to MBBA Members, Bushcarers and Subscribers who consciously make choices and work towards making the world a more sustainable place for all living things.
Celebrate the day.