We’re inviting you to clean out your ‘robe to clean up the globe’
Councils and households across Australia are teaming up to do their bit for the planet.
In an Australian-first initiative, textile resource recovery company, BlockTexx, is operating a series of linen collections around Australia called Give a Sheet® for the Planet!
You can also Give a Sheet® for the Planet by donating your unwanted household linen, sheets and towels to be converted into valuable, high-grade recycled materials.
These local events are a smart and fun way to get involved in a local recycling solution for unwanted textiles and textile waste – that is not part of the regular council collections.
We estimate that in an average household, linen wardrobes are bursting with around 15kg of old, worn linen. Our aim is to clean out your robe and give your unwanted linen a new life.
This textile circular economy solution benefits councils and their communities.
BlockTexx uses its state of the art textile recovery facility developed in Australia to break down textiles and clothing into new recycled materials that are used by Australian manufacturers to create a range of new products – they won’t be going into landfill, burnt, or exported overseas.
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How Does It Work?
We partner with Councils around Australia to bring our Give a Sheet® for the Planet events to the heart of their communities.
Location is key as we make these events a convenient drop off destination for the residents.
Households can drop off their clean and sorted old, worn-out sheets, towels, pillowcases, quilt covers and linen that is no longer wanted or can no longer be used.
Our Give a Sheet® crew is there on the day to collect and sort the linen to ensure everything we receive can be processed.
All the linen donations collected are sent to our social enterprise partners to be sorted and decommissioned. They are then shredded and converted into high-grade raw materials at our facility in Queensland.
Our social enterprise partners provide support for people with intellectual disabilities in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. If linen requires zip, button and popper removal, 100% of the cost charged to prepare these items for recycling is passed on to the organisation.
The Noosa Event
Our Give a Sheet for the planet events allow councils to access a commercial-scale circular economy solution for textile waste, diverting it from kerbside bins and landfill.
Noosa Council was proud to spearhead the inaugural ‘Give a Sheet’ textile collection initiative with BlockTexx in 2022. We asked Noosa residents and businesses to give a sheet about textile waste.
The community rallied around the cause with over 200 car drop off donations, helping to divert 3.2 tonnes of textile waste from landfill.
This initiative is not only a win for the environment but is also creating new resources for other sectors and helping Council’s demonstrate their commitment to circular economy in a measurable, tangible way.
One kilogram of unwanted textile waste processed by BlockTexx is equivalent to 30 kgs. of CO2 emissions. That means one truck load of linen collected will have diverted 10 tonnes of textile waste from landfill and removed carbon emissions equivalent to taking 65 cars off the road for a year*.
*EPA NSW figures state the average family car emits 4.6 tonnes per year of CO2e. BlockTexx offsets 30 tonnes of CO2e for every tonne of textile waste processed – the equivalent to 6.5 average family cars.
KGs Linen diverted
This is how many kilograms of old, unwanted sheets, towels and pillowcases we’ve saved from landfill, burning or exporting overseas. Check in after each event to see our progress!
Avg KGs collected per Household
Our Give a Sheet® events enable us to have a spring clean of our old unwanted linen piling up in cupboards, under the bed or in the garage. On average households are clearing out the equivalent of 22 sheets at a time!
Number of bed Sheets converted
We collect more bed sheets than any other item. Did you know that the average household buys new sheets every 5 years? That’s a lot of old and used sheets stored up in linen cupboards around Australia!
KGs of offset CO2 emissions
For every kilogram of unwanted textile waste processed we are preventing 30 kg greenhouse gasses polluting the atmosphere. With each pillowcase rescued … it’s a breath of fresh air!