Decathlon launches sustainability project

Recycled clothing will soon be introduced by the sports retailer

recycling textiles

by Paul Halford |

Sports retailer Decathlon is to sell refurbished sports equipment as part of a sustainability initiative that will soon also include recycled clothing and textiles.

The Decathlon Second Life collection is designed to cut down on the number of items thrown away with an emphasis on recycling and repairing where possible.

Bikes and other fitness equipment will be sold online and in stores from next Tuesday while runners will not have to wait long as kit will follow in the near future.

Items on sale will be given a grade to indicate wear and tear and will be accompanied by comparable discounts from 10-40% versus new price,.

Nick Connell, project leader of the Decathlon Second Life project in the UK, said: “The team are really proud to be launching Second Life in 2021. Following a tough year for the retail sector, but especially the individual and our customers, we’re very excited.

“Our planet is worth protecting and we all need to accelerate in taking action to reduce our environmental impact. As a business with big production demands we have to act now. By recycling, repairing and reusing products we’re adding another key action to our wider sustainability project.”

“At the same time we need to fulfil our company purpose to provide everyone in the UK with access to happier and healthier lifestyles, whether that be physically or financially. Therefore Second Life will benefit both our planet and our customers' pockets.”

Eric Mazillier, CEO of Decathlon UK, added: “At Decathlon UK, we strongly believe in our responsibility to help the British population get physically active and healthy through sport. We also believe in our responsibility to protect our playground – our planet."

"Decathlon’s Second Life project is a proud moment for Decathlon UK legacy. It is a new affordable option for the population to access sports equipment without any compromise on quality or safety."

"It is also an important first step in the changing approach to our business model; we are assessing what it really means to create value in society and our local communities."

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