Mega retailer Target has teamed up with secondhand clothing store ThredUP for a recycled clothing initiative that swaps store credit for donated clothes. To participate in the project, customers can order a 'clean out kit' from ThredUP which they will fill with lightly used clothing. Once the bag is dropped off at a participating Target location or mailed to ThredUP, store credit will be awarded based on certain criteria. Participants will receive store credit based on the price the items were purchased for, the brands and condition.
ThredUP will only accept donated clothes that are in excellent condition and in style, which is typically about half of the clothing they receive. Items deemed no longer wearable are reused and recycled by ThredUP who collaborates with local charities and socially conscious organizations to clothe impoverished families. The service is currently only available in Minneapolis and there is no word yet on whether the recycled clothing project will expand.