Our Sustainability

Ensuring our green future

In our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, our iconic Vinnies Shops have diverted millions of tonnes of clothes and homewares away from landfill by repurposing and selling them to our three million loyal customers.

This investment in sustainability isn’t just good for the planet. We are proud of our green credentials that underpin the success of our shops and maximise proceeds assisting people in crisis – which is at the heart of our mission.

We continue to develop and invest in initiatives that help us further reduce our carbon footprint and one of our outstanding successes in this space is the ‘Green Sparks’ program.

Green Sparks was launched by Victoria’s energy and environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio after Vinnies Shops was was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Recycling Victoria Communities Fund. The program is a Victoria-wide initiative that gives quality electrical goods a second chance at life in our shops after being ‘tested and tagged’ by the 200 newly trained volunteers taking part.


We have hit our innovative target of diverting 100,000 electrical items from landfill and profits from these sales will support our frontline services. Vinnies Shops have been acknowledged and won a number of awards including Winner for Business Sustainability at the Australian Business Awards 2022 and Sustainability Champion of the Year at the National Retail Association gongs.

Our green initiatives:

Green Sparks

Green Sparks

Vinnies Victoria launched their Electrical Test & Tag ‘Green Sparks’ Program to celebrate a volunteer-run recycling program dedicated to giving quality electrical goods a second chance.

The program is a Victorian-wide initiative that gives quality electrical goods a second chance at life. This test and tag initiative takes quality electrical goods, often destined for careless disposal, and puts them on the shelves of Vinnies Shops for sale. 



Victoria’s energy and environment minister Lily D'Ambrosio (pictured with Jeff Antcliff) officially launched ‘Green Sparks’ at Vinnies Ascot Vale on 4 June 2022.

The volunteer-run recycling program is a Victorian-wide initiative that gives quality electrical goods a second chance at life. This test and tag initiative takes quality electrical goods, often destined for careless disposal, and puts them on the shelves of Vinnies Shops for sale. 

The launch was a rare look inside the unique circular economy that sustains Vinnies Shops and shows how every Victorian can support this invaluable initiative – by donating or purchasing quality electrical goods. All profits of this campaign supports our vital frontline services.



Recycling denim: re-UP bags 

Vinnies Victoria has become a charity partner with re-UP bags, where we contribute some of our discarded denim and Manchester to the process of creating the fun, upcycled and recycled bags. A simple concept with a big impact! 

About a year in the making, our organisations came together to work on designs that are functional and fashionable. Selected ranges can be found across all our Victorian shops, as we are proudly the first retailer to launch these products in-store. This helps us to contribute to the circular economy by helping save these denim items from potentially becoming landfill in Victoria.

Going solar

Going solar 

Vinnies Oakleigh is the first of our shops to go live with solar panels following an innovative project developed by the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria.

The project being carried out in conjunction with AGL Australia through a 10-year contract will see 91 solar installations completed for Vinnies across its network of shops. It is anticipated that the solar panels being installed across the organisation’s shops and facilities will save $1.26 million in energy bills that will be diverted into the hands of Victorians in need. 

Eco-friendly cards

Eco-friendly Gift Cards

Vinnies gift cards are being given a makeover.

Out with the plastic and in with our new environmentally-friendly gift card made from 100% recycled fibre, that also have an oxo-biodegradable coating. These cards are the next step in environmental sustainability gift cards and will be rolled out across our Vinnies Shop network. Vinnies Shops will also have a Gift Card Deposit Box so when the card has been used, it can easily be recycled.

Battery Deposit

Battery Deposit Scheme 

The addition of a new green box at our local Vinnies Shops signaled the arrival of a new recycling initiative – our Battery Deposit Scheme – that we were very proud to announce during National Recycling Week 2021. 

Most batteries contain hazardous materials that can pollute the environment when disposed of through landfills or thrown out elsewhere. Materials that make up a battery include lead, cadmium and mercury which can poison people and animals, contaminate soils and water, not to mention they stay in the environment for a very long time. The good news is a battery can be recycled an indefinite number of times if they are responsibly disposed of – and now you have an easy way to do that! Working with Envirostream in Vinnies shops across Victoria, now sits a green deposit bin that has been specially designed to recycle batteries! 

Reusable bags

Reusable Vinnies Bags 

In an effort to eliminate single-use plastic bags, our Vinnies Shops introduced the Vinnies reusable bags in 2019.

Two years after implementation, the majority of our repeat customers are successfully using these recyclable bags that have been provided to them and have learnt to re-use the bag for many purposes – reducing plastic bag usage throughout their lives, reducing landfill and wildlife issues. All funds raised from their sale go towards our community programs dedicated to supporting Victorians in need. 

Repurpose with Purpose

Repurpose with Purpose

Vinnies Shops takes its ‘repurpose with purpose’ motto seriously – every year we redirect millions of tonnes of clothes away from landfill and while the fashion business is one of the most polluting in the world, many designers and industry specialists are working hard to change it.

With the help of the RMIT Fashion School, this event showcased our commitment to repurposing clothing items to ensure a better sustainable future.


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