SOS Kit Aid


SOS Environmental Project

SOS Kit Aid can be used as an educational and environmental community school project fully approved by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. It encourages all UK and Irish schools to think about recycling every year, starting with rugby kit. Ask for a starter pack for your school now via this website.

SOS KIT AID Community Environmental Project

SOS Kit Aid has saved over 500 tonnes of carbon emissions.

University of Copenhagen Environmental Project (2008) established the following environmental benefits of recycling textiles:

Recycling 1kg of textiles (sports kit) saves:
• 3.6kg of Co2 emissions
• 6000 litres of water
• 0.3kg of fertilizers
• 0.2kg of pesticides

These savings are made by not having to manufacture 1kg of new kit that recycled kit replaces. SOS Kit Aid has made 175 deliveries (averaging 500kgs each), which equates to 315 tonnes of carbon emissions saved, as well as savings made on water, fertilizers and pesticides.

All the above plus the following additional facts about the benefits of recycling from the Bureau of International Recycling.

Benefits of Recycling:

  • Textiles do not de-compose in landfill sites and thus produce environmentally damaging methane gas.

  • Recycling textiles or sports kit can save up to 15 times the energy recoverable by incineration.

  • It costs £30 per tonne to take 1 tonne of textiles to landfill sites.

  • Over 70% of the world's population use second hand clothing (In Africa it is 80%).

  • Textiles represent 12% of rubbish dumped in UK landfill sites (1 million tonnes p.a.) and is 3-5% of total household waste.

  • 1 years worth of textiles disposed of would fill Manchester United's football ground every year.

  • Recycling of all products saves over 500 million tonnes of CO2 p.a. worldwide.

  • Plus if everyone in the UK recycled 1 textile item it would save 1,686 million litres of water and 480 tonnes of chemical pesticides p.a.

  • Reducing the need for landfill space: Certain synthetic fibre products do not decompose, while natural fibre such as wool does decompose but produces methane, which contributes to global warming.

  • Reducing pressure on virgin resources. This includes materials traditionally used in textiles such as cotton or wool, as well as oil and other chemicals employed to produce synthetic fibres.

  • Reduces pollution as well as water and energy consumption.

  • Reduces the demand for dyes and fixing agents. This, in turn, lowers the number of problems caused by their use and manufacture.