SUAY IT FORWARD

THE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION FOR RECYCLING TEXTILES

SUAY IT FORWARD is a paid circular recycling program that recirculates textile waste responsibly to reduce the impact of consumer waste.  

Our textile recycling service is a fully circular and traceable service where textiles are given a new life as a garment vs. being landfilled or turned into insulation or a rag that will become trash after their next use.

We're a human-powered operation, and the manual work to clean up textile waste deserves equitable pay. The purchase of each SUAY IT FORWARD recycling bag covers the cost of processing and reworking material for a second life. 


HOW IT WORKS

SUAY IT FORWARD allows individuals to recycle textiles locally via an in-person drop-off station at the SUAY retail store. 

  1. Fill the SUAY IT FORWARD recycling bag for $20 and receive a $20 credit to spend instantly in-store or online
  2. Deposit the filled bag in the drop-off bin
  3. Repeat! (purchase as many bags as needed)

Each bag holds approximately 15-20 pounds of textiles with a one-bag minimum per drop-off, regardless of volume. Credits can be applied to all SUAY products and services, online and in-store.

 

WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED

SUAY recycles various textiles across all levels of wearability; even stained and torn items get a second chance. 

CURRENTLY ACCEPTED CLEAN ITEMS/MATERIALS:

  • Adult clothing
  • Home goods (towels, bed sheets, other linens)
  • Fabric types: Denim, Cotton, Wool, Leather, Silk, Polyester and blends

CURRENTLY REJECTED ITEMS/MATERIALS:

  • Footwear
  • Intimates (socks, underwear, bras)
  • Costumes
  • Fills and inserts (including pillows and comforters without a removable cover)
  • Rugs (no carpets)
  • Anything unsanitary for reuse (mold damage, etc.)
  • Fabric scraps smaller than 18" x 18"

 

LOCATION | HOURS 

SUAY IT FORWARD is available during regular business hours.

FAQ

CAN I RECYCLE FROM OUT OF STATE?

SUAY IT FORWARD is currently only available as an in-person service, with plans to launch a national mail-in program in late 2024. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when out-of-state recycling opens. 

CAN COMPANIES PARTICIPATE? 
SUAY IT FORWARD is currently only available for individual use, if you are interested in textile recycling for a brand, company, or other organization, please get in touch with info@suayla.com for a bulk recycling rate quote. 

 

BACKGROUND

SUAY Sew Shop's textile recycling program humbly began in a parking lot in Frogtown, Los Angeles. One person and one bag (of unwanted apparel and fabric) at a time, SUAY diverted over 3 million pounds of textile waste from local landfills. 

After three years of offering free textile recycling services to the public - SUAY is paving a new way forward to continue supporting the communities we aim to uplift the most: the garment workers who have long been exploited for their manual labor and bear the burden of an oppressive global waste system. 

SUAY IT FORWARD is one piece of the solution to an unbalanced system. PLUS, it's rewarding for each individual who chooses reuse over new by recycling with SUAY.