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» Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Fiber, Manufacturing, Recycling, Sustainability, Team Building, Textiles / Fabrics | 0 comments

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We’ve been busy at REvolve since our last update. As always, we have been focused on empowering leaders from diverse industries to collaborate, innovate, and catalyze circular textiles. We’ve got some great work behind us, more ahead, and one incredibly exciting announcement…

Traci has accepted a project management position with Circle Economy. Circle Economy is a social enterprise organized as a cooperative, and they are focused on accelerating the transition to circularity through the on the ground, action focused development of practical and scalable solutions. This is her kind of work, and the role is an incredible opportunity to lead a robust group of global stakeholders in developing two critical components of the circular textile infrastructure: a textile trading platform and an automated fiber typing machine.

Circle Market is a global, online marketplace for the recovery, reuse, and resale of textile materials. When development is completed, it will be a widely available tool curated specifically for textile waste diversion. Brands and retailers can use it to look for a redistribution channel which won’t degrade their existing markets instead of destroying and discarding unsold garments to protect their brand. Apparel manufacturers will be able to seek reuse or recycling avenues for production waste more efficiently than ever before. The second hand garment industry will be able to build new vertical markets and find new customers. Circle Market is poised to become the go-to place for responsible, global textile redistribution.

Fibersort is a textile recycling geek’s dream come true. To understand the significance of this technology, consider traditional recycling. Glass, aluminum, and paper must be separated and recycled using different processes, because they are different materials with very different properties. Textiles are similar in that everything we wear is also made from different fibers with very different properties. In order to recycle effectively, materials must be identified and grouped in homogenous batches. Fibersort can automatically separate garments by fiber type, making the sorting process more accurate and efficient than ever before. It is the only device of its kind, and it is the most promising solution to a key challenge in textile recycling: creating homogenous inputs.

Today’s apparel industry uses a linear Take > Make > Discard model, and for the past three years REvolve’s purpose has been to help shift the industry toward circularity. These two tools are key to returning textiles to the supply chain. They enable a shift away from resource extraction to landfill and into a circular model, which means fewer natural resources will be needed to clothe humanity. We’re thrilled Traci will be a part of this work… as she says: This. Is. Huge.

At the end of October she will relocate to Amsterdam for 18 months to work for Circle Economy. During this time, REvolve will continue to serve our clients and pursue new circular textile projects in collaboration with leaders from diverse industries. Please note, our availability to hold workshops in the US will be limited.

Reach out with your thoughts or questions, and stay tuned for more updates from Holland!

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