- We estimate that each school discards about 100 - 200kg of non-wearable uniforms per year.
- This means that potentially over 2000 tonnes of uniform textiles are ending up in Australian landfill.
- Add to this unwearable corporate and sporting club uniforms and you can see the problem.
Now imagine this for a business! Most large companies have over 1000 people in uniforms and these uniforms are used nearly everyday. Once they have become unwearable and put into landfill they can take up to 100 years to breakdown.
500 million kilos of textile waste in landfill each year globally
You don't want that - and neither do we. We have started collecting non-wearable items to see what can be done. We have collaborated with UNSW SMaRT Center and NSW Circular to pilot some ideas about what could be done with textile waste.
They were well ahead of us and we have joined a whole community working towards a more sustainable future. If you want to follow our progress and some of the items we're creating follow our instagram and facebook.
Why start Worn Up?
We wanted to introduce ourselves to you personally because we think it is important to remember that at the end of the day we are all just people trying to make the world a better place!
Worn Up is a sister business to the Award winning Sustainable Schoolwear and Sustainable Workwear, which have been supplying sustainable uniforms for over five years. Founded by Annie Thompson as a locally focused business, we have created a sustainability focused network of partners and customers.
Our small yet ambitious team that thinks big, evolving to become an Impact Enterprise at the frontier of sustainability practices in the Australian textile industry. We are one of the first Pilot participants in the newly formed NSW Circular and a collaboration partner with UNSW SMaRT Centre.
We have some amazing people on the ground that we think you should know about!
Annie Thompson, the founder of Sustainable Schoolwear, Sustainable Workwear and Worn Up. Anne is a passionate advocate for sustainable practices, she also is studying a Masters in Sustainable Development at Macquarie University.
After 5 years of producing clothes she asked what happened to the uniforms they sell at the end of their life. has shifted her focus to waste - and this inspired Worn Up.
Annie, Louise (Commercials), Felicity (Customer Relationships), Millie (Admin Co-ordinator) and Murray (Operations) are a tight ship and multi task to run both businesses.
As we grow we are constantly adding more people to our community and will be updating you on our new members. If you would like to get in touch with any of our personnel please don't hesitate to contact us through out contact page and we will be in touch soon.