Whilst more Australians impacted by COVID-19 are finding themselves in dire need, many charity op shops are being forced to close, creating a perfect storm. Funding is down but calls for assistance up.

Today, NACRO’s offer to integrate and merge the Zero Waste Network’s assets, services and influence into NACRO was formally completed.

In announcing the integration, Omer Soker, CEO of NACRO said ‘The combined value proposition will scale our influence to uphold trust in, and promote the impact of the charitable reuse, recycling and retail sector as a collaborative and progressive network’.

‘This will unify our sector and put charitable reuse and recycling organisations at the top of the agenda for local, state and federal government. It will improve public perceptions and expand community understanding on reuse and recycling issues, while more effectively serving the needs of both NACRO and Zero Waste Network members,’ said Matt Davis, Chair of NACRO.

Going forward, the not-for-profit association will be marketed as ‘NACRO Integrating Zero Waste Network’ with a combined new logo that is designed to bring everyone together under one banner.

Both associations have much in common. Zero Waste Network was formed in 2009 to serve the needs of not-for-profits and social enterprises engaged in community recycling, reuse projects and waste diversion, including tip shops. While NACRO already represents all of the leading charitable recycling organisations throughout Australia.

The benefits to existing NACRO members are significant in working with a wider range of likeminded charitable recyclers including access to recycling best practice, new project-based grants, social procurement expertise and charitable impact measurement tools aimed at improving member capabilities.

The benefits to Zero Waste Members include more effective national representation, a wider range of collaborators and access to NACRO’s membership services, as well as the combined launch of planned new services for members, and the opportunity to put reuse firmly on government radars.

The remit for ‘NACRO Incorporating Zero Waste Network’ is:

  • To unify the sector and scale our combined influence, in order to more effectively serve the needs of both NACRO and Zero Waste members.
  • To provide improved member services to both NACRO and Zero Waste members around the country.
  • To put charitable reuse, recycling and retail organisations at the top of the agenda for local, state and federal government.
  • To better measure and communicate the environmental, social and economic-inclusivity impacts of our members.
  • To improve public perceptions and expand community understanding on reuse and recycling issues.

Matt Allen, Executive Director of Zero Waste Network added that ‘Collaboration has always been at the heart of what Zero Waste Network does, and this merger ensures that we can move forwards as a strong and united peak body, representing the interests of a thriving community reuse, recycling and retail sector in Australia’.

Zero Waste Network and NACRO members have both enthusiastically welcomed and embraced the new initiative, which has also drawn praise from Government and other stakeholders in the sector.

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Frontier Materials (IFM) will put a new spin on vintage denim jeans, all in the name of reducing the huge environmental impact in the life cycle of the world’s most popular clothing item.

The team developed its ‘circular denim’ idea as an entry into the Global Change Award, an initiative of the H&M Foundation that provides seed funding for projects that promote sustainable fashion.

The unique process will pulverise used denim into ultrafine particles, and then coat or print the colour particles onto undyed new denim to create the typical denim appearance.

The team was awarded €150,000 in stockholm, to take their idea to industry, one of five finalists, out of a total of 2885 entries, to share in the international prize.

Team leader Professor Xungai Wang, who heads IFM and the ARC Future Fibres Hub, said on average, the life cycle of a pair of denim jeans produced more than 30 kg of CO2 and used around 3500 litres of water, the equivalent of running 44 baths.

Following is a link to the media release.