Rags to Riches

To make clothing out of recycled material and save landfill.

Student Project

Social Purpose:

Current Status:

New Idea

Support Required:

Project Team:

Emily McLean


Trinity Lutheran College

What is the problem you found?

A lot of clothes are simply bin and are going into landfill. It seems are only options is giving good clothes to charities or putting them in the bin so our landfill is growing bigger and bigger. So we will have no space to put our rubbish. We need to responsible and try and recycle as much as we can. People need to be encouraged to recycle all their clothes and have an incentive.

What is your opportunity?

Encourage people to recycle their clothes and they get rewards, at the same time we are helping save our planet. Teach people an easy way to recycle where they feel good because they have earnt money towards new clothes at our environmental shop and saved landfill helping our planet.

Who is your audience?

My customer would be the general public and small businesses as well as main shopping stores.

What Is Your Solution?

I have come up with the idea of having clothes bins where you can deposit your unwanted clothes or materials. You simple would sign up on the app or website and have an account where you are given a unique barcode. You can then print off these labels which can be put on your bags of clothes. You scan each of your bags before depositing into the bin. From there the bags are taken to the warehouse where they are weighed and the points go into your account. These points can go towards buying something at the environmental shop or online. If you shish you can donate your points to a charity. 

At the warehouse the clothes are sorted into different categories. So can it be sold at the environmental charity shop in good condition, does it need fixing? Could it be recycled into new clothes or made into shopping bags? Or even sold to rags for local businesses.

All products would be sold at the environmental shop which could also be online and other main stores Eg. Target might like to supply them.


Support Required


Who should I contact to put my ideas into practice? 


I'd like advice on how to fund this and feedback on if you think anybody would like to back my idea


How would like to put my idea into action but I am sure of the next step and how to go about it.


How should I develop this further? I did think perhaps if people didn't want the environmental points they could get cash but this would happen at the warehouse only. Any ideas?

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