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About Fretex

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Fretex is a social enterprise, established in 1905.

Our Vision: We give people reason to believe in the future!

Fretex' mission statement is to contribute to giving people job opportunities and to improve the environment through reuse and recycling.

Fretex's conduct its business in accordance with The Salvation Army's core values.

Our Core Values: Transparency, Care, Commitment, Profitability

Non-Discrimination: Fretex does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, race, colour, language, religion, Velkommen til Fretexpolitical views, membership of a trade union, sexual orientation, disability, age or belief, among its employees or by employment.

Our history started with the industrial home Elevator in Oslo in 1905.

Fretex is entirely owned by the Norwegian Salvation Army.

Vocational rehabilitation programs: Fretex is the largest vocational rehabilitation company in Norway, and the only one nationwide. Every year, more then 3000 people participates in our various vocational rehabilitation programs.

Fretex is a member of AVRE, the Norwegian Association of Vocational and Rehabilitation Enterprises.

Second-hand stores: Fretex is the largest second-hand chain store in Norway. There is a total of 40 second-hand stores and 1 online store operated by Fretex in Norway. Our stores had a turnover in 2019 at 188 million NOK.

Textile collection: Fretex is also the largest collector of used clothes and textiles in Norway, with over 3000 containers especially designed for this purpose. Fretex also have 2 facilities for receiving and handling all clothes and textiles in Norway. From 2014, Fretex in cooperation with the Norwegian Postal Service, allows you to deliver clothes and textiles in a specially designed bag that holds up to 8 Kg. This can be delivered at any of the 1400 postal offices in Norway, for a postal fee of 50 NOK. Fretex collects over 15000 tons of clothes and textiles every year. The clothes/textiles we can’t make use of in our second-hand stores or through the social work of The Salvation Army in Norway, is exported and re-used in other countries.

Fretex International oversees the export to other customers in Europe, Pakistan and Iraq, some of these will further export clothes and textiles to Asia and Africa. Some of the clothes and textiles that can not be re-used in its original form will be re-made into cloths or other products. To be able to close the loop, cloths are re-imported for sale to e.g. mechanical industries.

Fretex is located in most Norwegian counties, working close with government agencies, private sector, donors and customers.

Network: The international Salvation Army has several networks. Fretex is an active member of the European Network of Reuse and Recycling (ENoR). This network aims at cooperation, sharing knowledge, and innovation.

Are you interested in buying clothes from Fretex International AS?
We are sorry to inform you that we are sold out for the time beeing.



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