John Lewis launches clothing buyback scheme

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Retailer John Lewis & Partners is piloting a clothing buyback scheme in its Oxford store, in an attempt to reduce the amount of clothing that is sent to landfill.

The trial launched on 4th October and will run for six weeks. Customers who are a member of “my John Lewis” have the opportunity to return any items from the womenswear and menswear brands stocked at John Lewis, and will receive £3 store credit per item, up to a maximum of three pieces of clothing.

All clothing items returned to store will be mended, “upcycled” into a new item, and resold, or recycled into new products.

Head of sustainability at John Lewis, Stephen Cawley, said: “As a leading fashion retailer we know we have a responsibility to help reduce the amount of clothing waste generated and the number of resources used to create clothing. Our approach has always been to make high-quality garments which last, but inevitably there comes a time when they are no longer worn. Our customers are becoming increasingly aware of their actions on the environment, so we want to make it easy for them to ensure the products they buy from us have a long life after they no longer have use for them.”

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