Japanese retailer recycles clothes to cut waste

A major Japanese department store chain has teamed up with a developer of recycling technologies to help reduce apparel waste.

Takashimaya has started selling 60 types of clothing that can be repeatedly recycled. Customers can return the items when they no longer want to wear them.

Polyester used in the garments will be recycled to make brand-new clothes.

The technology and knowhow used in the process were developed by Japan Environment Planning.

Another major Japanese retailer, Aeon, is also stepping up efforts to recycle unwanted clothes.