Recycling corner at KL mall nets 2,000kg of fabrics


(From third left) Phang and Sunway Malls chief operating officer Kevin Tan with their team at the Recycle Corner.

SUNWAY Putra Mall is working together with Kloth Cares to step up its recycling game by providing a Recycle Corner at its Basement 1 Car Park.

Kloth Cares is a social entrepreneurship movement which aims to keep fabrics out of landfills.

The movement has partnered with Life Line Clothing Malaysia (LLCM) and the Selangor Youth Community.

The initiative is in line with Sunway’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) No 11, to move towards Sustainable Cities and Communities.

The mall in Kuala Lumpur kick-started the initiative in mid-February and since then, has collected over 2,000kg of garments.

In fabric recycling, 1kg of T-shirts comprises six pieces and Sunway Putra Mall managed to collect more than 12,000 pieces of T-shirts.

According to Kloth Cares, Malaysians produce almost 2,000 tonnes of textile waste a day.

“The core objective of providing a Recycle Corner in the mall is to promote the importance of recycling among shoppers,” said Sunway Putra Mall general manager Phang Sau Lian.

Kloth Cares has provided over 130 recycling bins around Malaysia and the recycled garments will be transported to LLCM to be upcycled into various items, including:

? Cotton and water-absorbent materials;

? Donations to low-income groups in Malaysia and other countries;

? Repurposed into blankets, rugs, handbags, scarves and fashion items;

? Biofuel from fabric shreds.

Apart from that, retail stores in the mall such as Monki, H&M and Levi’s have expressed interest in recycling unwanted garments by having recycling bins placed in the stores.

The retail stores accept any brand of clothing and textile or fabric scraps in any condition.

For more information on Recycle Corner, follow Sunway Putra Mall’s social media pages (FB and Instagram), visit www.sunwayputramall.com or call 03-2786 9300.

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