When you buy from us, we're only just getting started. To us circularity means seeing this whole thing through, not picking and choosing which part of the cycle we'll take part in.

That's why we talk A LOT about how to keep your clothes in use for longer. We also offer a digital care guide with every single item we make. We're here for you should you want to take advantage of our free repairs for life. And we're here, ready to receive any piece that's no longer serving it's purpose to make your life better.

Read on and learn about each aspect of our Lifecycle Program, available to you for every A.BCH garment, for as long as we both shall live.

Sorted materials – ready for recycling.

1 Care, Repair, Wear

We're dedicated to transforming the way people buy, wear and dispose of their garments. The use-phase (the wearing part) is often forgotten about, and so are seldom-worn garments left hanging in the wardrobe. That's why when you buy any A.BCH piece, we'll also send you a digital care manual to help you keep it looking its best for a really long time.

If you want to dive deeper into Care, Repair Wear, check out this post – Keep it in Use.

2 Free Repairs, for Life

When it comes to inevitable wear and tear, we offer in-person workshops (currently only in Melbourne and Geelong, but if you’re ready for us to come to your city, let us know) to pass on the traditional skill of mending. If the DIY approach isn’t your thing, we also offer free repairs, FOR LIFE on any A.BCH garment. Why? Well, we stand by any piece we put out into the world and we think more brands should do the same. That's why we'll mend your original A.BCH garment for free, forever (or until it just cant be mended anymore). All we ask is you cover the cost of delivery or drop off to our Melbourne HQ and, for the health and safety of our team, that you launder (clean) the garment before handing it over to us.

3 Recycling Takeback

We encourage you to send any unwanted A.BCH garments back to us. When we receive them, we'll create a condition report to determine a rating of quality, plus if and how many more cycles it might be able to withstand.

Depending on the condition, we may give the garment a second life through accessible re-sale, or we may use it for repairs on another piece or to prototype a new style. In some cases, we might even use it as feedstock raw material for a new piece in our Red Line range of one-of-a-kind or limited up-cycled pieces.

If none of this is appropriate, we'll decommission these pieces (disassemble them) and categorise it by fibre and colour. When we have enough of that same fibre/colour type, we'll send it to be shredded and recycled into new fibres to use for future A.BCH pieces.

So... got some vintage A.BCH you want to return to us? We'll take back any A.BCH garment in any condition. Just email us to request your free shipping label, print it out, pack up a box of goodies, and our carbon neutral couriers will do the rest.

What's in it for you? A $10 store credit per 500grams of returned A.BCH clothing which you can use for your next A.BCH purchase. Plus the knowledge that there's half a kilo less textiles in landfill and a circular system in the making - thanks to you!

4 Home Biodegrading + Composting

A majority of our pieces can be buried for biodegrading at home or even added to composting systems for turning into nutritious compost. All our undyed pieces are designed for a compostable end of life, if returning for recycling doesnt make sense for you (maybe you live regionally or purchased from outside of Australia).

Some of our pieces may require some basic decommissioning, like removing a label, so to be sure it's done right per that particular garment, we recommend you follow the instructions sent to you when you made the purchase. You can always contact us if you need these resent to you or if you haven't bought the item directly from us.

5 For Textile Recyclers

Recyclers, rejoice! Every A.BCH garment is fully accounted for, from fibre to finish. To find out exactly what any given piece is made from, click on Product Code, and type in the A. number fixed to the garment and you'll get the full break down. If it's no longer intact, send us a photo here and we'll get back to you with the bill of materials, pronto.

All A.BCH pieces are created from biologically circular materials. Generally speaking, each A.BCH piece is able to be either composted or recycled. Mechanical recyclers will need to remove the buttons and bio-elastics (which can be re-used or composted) whereas chemical recyclers equipped for any type of cellulosic material should be able to input the entire garment. The only exception is for garments numbered A.01 – A.30, these pieces will need their rPET A.BCH tag removed prior to any recycling or composting method. A.31 garments onward do not require the tag to be removed.