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Donation of Items for Upcycling

Upcycling waste to create value…

At homes we discard old sarees and lehengas, torn jeans, used bed linen, old spectacles, old vinyl records, worn-out shoes, plastic scrap and the like. At garment manufacturers and tailoring units waste textile scrap, clothing waste and leftover fabric get discarded. In hotels, partially used soap bars get leftover when guest check-out. Similar is the case with other business establishments where waste of some kind or other always gets generated.

Most of the waste can be upcycled to create useful products of value such as upcycled furniture, clothing, bags, crafts, products, goods and objects. This is an opportunity for all of us to do our bit for planet earth!

Buy upcycled products and goods…

Upcycling is defined as the process of transforming waste materials and unwanted products into useful new materials and products.

It is true that not everything can be recycled or upcycled. Yet, before you throw anything away, really think about how you can support upcycling in creative and innovative ways. To do so, you can get in touch with organizations and individuals carrying out upcycling and offer to donate waste which may be of interest to them.

Some of the upcycling success stories are listed in ‘Whom Can You Contact?’ section below. You will note quilts being created from from used bedsheets, cooking fuel from plastic scrap, soap bars from leftover soap and spectacles from old frames. ‘Turn trash into treasure’ need not be an empty slogan. It can provide a new orientation towards sustainable, ecological living!

All major cities in India

‘Green by Goonj’

Donate old or torn jeans, obsolete audio tapes, one side used paper etc. These will be turned into upcycled goods purses, fancy bags, file folder, mats etc.

HO Delhi: 011-2697 2351, 4140 1216 (For other cities access the link below)

Addresses and phone nos of Dropping Points across India.


BEAD SocialEnterprise

Donate your used bed linen and home linen (and not used clothes), which are recycled into quilts by poor urban artisans. While the quilts are provided to those who cannot afford them, the poor artisans are able to better their livelihoods through improved incomes.

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'Tetra Pack Recycling' by Saahas

Jointly with Tetra Pak, Saahas has set up collection points for empty Tetra Pack cartons at 9 Reliance Stores across Bangalore. The paper component which makes up about 75% of the carton is recycled back into paper products. The rest which includes polyethylene and aluminum is recycled into different products including upcycled furniture and roofing sheets.

8th cross, Jayanagar 1st Block, Bangalore

080-4168 9889


Bio-Lutions Eco Tech Pvt Ltd

After paddy harvest, the the stubble waste is burnt causing air to be polluted. This company converts such paddy waste into pulp which then is used to manufacture tableware and packaging material.

686/38/2, Bangalore Mysore Highway, Mayaganahalli Village, Kasaba Hobli, Bangalore 562128


MITU Foundation (Multiple Initiatives Towards Upliftment)

They receive donation of cloth waste generated at tailoring shops. This is sorted, ironed and cut. Next the 'chindi' waste is given out as job work to people for stitching into upcycled products like tambola bags, grocery bags, fancy bags, money covers, cushion covers, patchwork items etc.

57/2, 1st Floor, 17th Cross, Behind Bun World, Malleswaram, Bangalore 560055

97400 31720



They upcycle everything from Tetrapak to vinyl records to create jewellery, stationary and home decor. You can even send material that you wish to upcycle and buy finished product from them.

Store # 7, First Floor, Arya Hub Mall, Hopefarm Junction, Whitefield, Bangalore


Sankara Nethralaya

At their various branches in Chennai, drop boxes have been placed in which old used spectacles can be dropped. After discarding lenses, frames are polished and are given free-of-cost to under-privileged people with new lenses duly fitted in.

No. 18, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600006

044-4227 1500


The Purple Sack

They convert your heavy lehengas and fabric into upcycled Bags, Scarves, Box Clutches, Envelope Clutches, Collars, Belts etc.

W-Block, G.K. II, New Delhi 110048

98737 67471


Alcis Sports

This company makes T-shirts, track pants and shorts from recycled polyester. PET plastic bottles and plastic waste, sourced from ragpickers, are processed and converted into recycled polyester (Also known as 'RPET' fabric)

B-39, Sector-88, Noida 201305



They source left over or discarded textile from large manufacturers as well as fabrics, which are left unused by retailers post-cutting. Creations include upcycled clothing like dresses, shirts, T shirts, tops, bags, stationary, fashion accessories, cushions, rugs & throws etc.

F- 323 (A), 2nd Floor, Kumhaaro Wali Gali, Lado Sarai, New Delhi 110030

011-4103 4677


Paragon Apparels Pvt Ltd

They upcycle recycled plastic bottles to make T-shirts. Plastic bottles are shredded to bits and then sterilised, after which the molten plastic is converted to filaments which are torn into fluff and processed into polyester thread. The T-shirts made with this thread are lighter.

Hosiery Complex, Block B, B-59, Phase-2, Noida 201305

Roshan Baid

0120-493 2200


Ruchika Sachdeva

Worn garments are collected which are then shredded to yarn in a factory at Nagpur. The yarn is used to create a new fashion collection.

011-2652 1070, 98185 81016



Send an old fabric, a saree or a dupatta and Meghna will upcycle it into a trendy outfit. Based on the fabric and body type of the sender, she sends sketches of the proposed outfit.

Meghna Nayak

98303 51383


Saniyas DunIYa

Saniya makes cool, quirky upcycled products by upcycling from acrylic, papier-mache and metal.

91633 30334

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'ReBot' Plastic Bottle Recycling Machines

These machines have been installed at Mumbai airport & the company can be approached to install the machines at any public place. The shredded plastic is recycled to make clothes, carpets and grocery bags.

Wildwest Media Pvt Ltd, 309, Jaywant Industrial Estate, 63, Tardeo Road, Opp. Brandfactory Mall, Tardeo, Mumbai 400034

88990 02233, 022-4973 6868



Using cardboard recovered from recycling centres and small businesses, Aarambh have created a a portable desk for use by children in classrooms. When it is folded up, the desk converts into a backpack to carry books home. Children without desks in classrooms develop poor posture & eyesight problems.

022-2768 0965, 98206 16940



If you have any cloth or textile waste which gets generated regularly contact them. Chindi collects waste cloth from tailoring units & garment manufacturers, which is turned into upcycled bags, rugs, mats, pouches and hair accessories.

Mankhurd, Mumbai

Tanushri Shukla

97696 63363


Doctors For You

Hotels in Mumbai donate leftover soap bars which are cleaned, sanitized in concentrated chlorine liquid, crushed and finally cold-pressed to create soap bars. These are distributed to slum-dwellers in Mankhurd, Govandi and Deonar, who are too poor to afford soap.

Flat No.101, Building No.31, Natwar Parikh Compound, Govandi West, Mumbai 400043

022-3225 3913, 75063 63580



Donate used & discarded sports shoes and other shoes to GreenSole, who recycle & refurbish the same into comfortable footwear, which are provided to the neediest poor & underprivileged through corporates, NGOs and schools. A part of the footwear produced is also sold to sustain this social venture.

#135, Marol Co-Operative Industrial Estate, Andheri East, Mumbai 400059

Ramesh Dhami & Shriyans Bhandari

96642 25815, 96199 89195, 98194 51805


I was a Sari

Old and discarded sarees are used to create fashionable new upcycled objects like shopping bags, cloth-wrap yoga mat carrier, beaded necklaces, textile jewellery, wraparound garments, home decor products etc.

Stefano Funari

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Jyoti Jadhav

Converts old sarees, salwar suits, dupattas and scraps of silk into wind chimes, handbags, cushion covers, clutches, purses, jholas, hair bands etc.

97735 92440


Narendra Kumar, Fashion Designer

Has converted flex hoardings into yarn which in turn is used to make jackets and dresses.

442, Kewal Industrial Estate, S B Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013



Paaduks are shoes and sandals for men and women. The soles of this footwear is up-cycled from old, discarded rubber products such as vehicle & truck tires, conveyor belts, rubber mats and so on. Upcycling of discarded rubber to make soles does not involve any chemical processes.

10/4 Chandroday Society, Opp Swastik Chambers, Chembur, Mumbai 400071

99309 04577


Recycling Tender Coconut Shells by CIPL Resurge Pvt Ltd

Every day 3 to 4 lakh tender coconuts enter Mumbai city & disposal of shells is a major problem. The coconut shell shredding factory has been set up in the compound of BMC's Reay Road crematorium. The tender coconut shells are first shredded and then compressed into briquettes which find use as fuel in place of fossil fuels.

201, Dnyaneshwar Dadasaheb Gaikwad Marg, Mulund (W), Mumbai 400080

Ranjit Shetty

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The Upcycle Co

Waste such as vinyl records, VCR tapes and CDs which are sourced by them through individual donations and waste aggregators, is converted into quirky lifestyle upcycled objects that are available for sale.

201,Corporate Avenue, Goregaon East, Mumbai 400063

Amishi Shah

70452 25613

Mumbai      Pune


Sundara takes leftover soap bars from hotels and recycles them into new, hygienic bars of soap. Local women are hired to do this work and the soap is distributed to underprivileged communities. In a month 400 kgs of soap is collected from hotels and that results in 3,000 bars for each of their 3 centres.

Station Rd, Slum Area, Kharegaon, Kalwa, Thane 400605

Kenneth Desouza


Rudra Environmental Solutions (India) Ltd

Plastic scrap is converted into ‘Polyfuel’ (equivalent to Kerosene) which is supplied to villagers for use as fuel as an eco-friendly alternative to firewood. Store plastic scrap like milk bags, oil bags, food bags, plastic containers, carry bags, PET bottles, plastic buckets, bubble wraps etc and the contact person listed below will collect it from you regularly.

Dr Medha Tadpatrikar: 020-2544 8900, 93730 53235


Manasi Vaze

Bright, unusual purses and purses are crafted by her from leftover fabrics. She also creates fire lanterns.



Discarded glass is upcycled into beautiful glass products like planters, vases, mini bottles, lockets, gift sets, bar accessories etc.

The Wonky Studio, H / 11, BIDC, Gorwa, Vadodara 390016

94267 89935, 0265-228 0300


'R3 - Reduce, Recycle and Reuse’ Project of Vedic Science Club

This involves 3 stages: (1) Collection of old and used note books or text books from urban schools (2) Recycling the collected material through International Paper PPM Company, Rajahmundry (c) Distribution of recycled note books to children of government schools.

Vedic Science Club, Gitam School of Gandhian Studies, Gitam University
Visakhapatnam 530045

73065 92519



Discarded plastic bags are treated to produce a rich texturous fabric called HRP. Using this fabric the following upcycled products are created: Tote bag, shopper bag, wallet, cross-body bag, handbag, clutch, laptop sleeve.

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What Can You Do?

  • Do you have discarded items which the above organisations are using to make upcycled products? Get in touch with them and donate the needed items.

  • Wish to replicate above upcycling mini-projects in your city? Obtain requisite information from the concerned parties.

  • Possess an idea for used goods to be turned into upcycled objects? Post your query here for assistance from others.

  • Know someone producing upcycled products from discarded items? Inform us so that the individual or organization can be listed on this page.
  • Came across any needy person or organisation who will benefit from upcycled goods? Bring it to the attention of the upcycling organisations.

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