Sozo announces new recycling program reducing clothing waste

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Sozo has a worthwhile mission. Photo via Sozo Trading Co.

Sozo Trading Co. is reducing waste in the Avondale community by launching a program that recycles clothing and fabric waste. Wanna know how they’re going to do this? Read more to find out.

Reducing the fashion industry’s waste

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Some of Bham’s recycled material. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Did you know that just about 15% of textiles are recycled nationally each year? That means about 11 million tons of clothing and fabric are thrown out. So, a lot of materials end up in landfills.

Sozo’s plan to help the environment

mural at Sozo (recycling)
The new mural at Sozo Trading Co. Photo via Sozo Trading Co.

Earlier in the year, Sozo Trading Co. completely stopped using plastic bags. Now, Sozo is trying to upcycle, or transform old material into a new product.

Using grant money from a local foundation, Sozo is in shape to buy the equipment needed for the new upcycling program.

So what is Sozo’s plan?

The Sozo recycling plan includes reweaving fabric into new clothes. Sozo is hoping to turn fabrics into home insulation or carpet padding!

Fun fact: Polyester can be shredded and melted into “new” plastics. 

Recycling is in

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Three students work at Sozo Trading Co. Photo via Sozo Trading Co.

Sozo can’t recycle without your help. Got extra clothing, shoes, bags and cardboard? You can donate it all at their store.

Location: 4 41st St S, Birmingham, AL
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9AM-6PM
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We’re excited to see Sozo recycling help the community. Let’s reduce, recuse, recycle Bham!

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