Business Franchise Australia


Parcel delivery service to help boost volumes of textile recycling

Aussie households can now have their unwanted old clothes, shoes and textiles picked up from home – at a desired time convenient to them – to be recycled. The streamlined self-service digital textile collection service has been launched by leading parcel delivery service CouriersPlease (CP) and sustainable sock company Manrags.


CP partnered with Manrags because of their aligned mission to create a sustainable future. For CP, the partnership is the first of several sustainability initiatives it is implementing over the next 12 months, as part of the company’s green focus.


Around 60,000 tonnes of unusable donations to charities in Australia are sent to landfill each year, with over $13 million spent in waste management by charity and opportunity shops alone.


The Manrags and CP partnership removes any potential barriers between consumers recycling and reusing good. To book a textile collection service, consumers ‘purchase’ their collection on the Manrags website for $25, which allows for up to 10kg of unwanted textiles to be picked up from their home.


In addition to the digital textile recycling partnership, CP is rolling out a textile recycling point at all manned depots around the country.


Paul Roper, Chief Commercial Officer at CP, says: “CouriersPlease is striving to make all aspects of our business greener. As such, we will be rolling out several sustainable initiatives over the next 12 months as we strive to become a carbon-neutral carrier. We’re thrilled to embark on this journey and partner with Manrags.


“To contribute even further and encourage our people, our CP franchisees will have their old uniforms shredded and turned into new useful pieces through Manrags’ recycling program. It will play a big role in our over-arching environmental strategy aimed at reducing our carbon footprint.”


Michael Elias, founder and managing director of Manrags, says: “Our new partnership with CouriersPlease is a further step towards making the textile recycling process accessible and seamless for the public. There’s no reason for clothing, shoes and linen to end up in landfill now as we’ve created a fast and seamless pick-up experience for households.”