Posts by traci

Change of Scenery

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

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...

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Exciting New Partnership

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

The apparel industry continues to call for more sustainable solutions, less impact, and a shift toward circularity. New initiatives are launched with growing frequency, and this summer’s big announcement has upped the ante. In July of 2016, Inditex and Lenzing announced a partnership to advance circular textiles. According to an article on ecouterre.com, retail giant Inditex plans to expand its collection, reuse, and recycling program for textiles. Part of the effort will be through increasing unwanted garment collection throughout Spain. Another area of focus will be reclaiming manufacturing waste using Lenzing’s new cotton recycling technology. An important detail for non-geeks to understand is manufacturing scrap, not garments, will most likely feed the...

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NPR Talks Textile Waste!

»Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Education, Manufacturing, Recycling, Sustainability, Textiles / Fabrics | 0 comments

It was a pleasure to speak with John Hockenberry at The Takeaway about textile waste and recycling last week. Check it out the interview here. Image from wync.org

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Staples: Recycled Denim Products

»Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in Case Studies | 0 comments

Staples: Recycled Denim Products

Textile waste is a growing global concern, and Staples has a strong interest in reducing the impact of their business through the development, use, and sale of more sustainable products. As textile fiber has been used in paper making for centuries, and many types of paper products are part of business operations today, using textile waste to create quality paper products was identified as an opportunity for sustainable product development at Staples. Circular products expert Marc Howard worked with Staples to test the concept, develop the product, and implement the program. The project began with producing corrugated boxes made from 50% recycled paper and 50% recycled denim fiber. The indigo dye in the denim gave them an easily recognizable blue color, the boxes...

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Recology: Carpet Recycling Landscape

»Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in Case Studies | 0 comments

Recology: Carpet Recycling Landscape

Recology Portland competes with over 35 waste haulers in the Portland metro area, and they operate two facilities to recover recyclables from waste within the region. At these facilities, they must manage a complex stream of inbound materials for recycling and disposal in order to meet state regulations, move closer to their goal of zero waste to landfill, and maintain profitability in a difficult industry. Because of this, they are consistently looking for ways to divert and recycle more of the waste that is hauled into their facilities, and carpet was identified as a material with potential for this purpose. REvolve launched a research project to provide Recology Portland with the insight and informational resources required to divert carpet for recycling. The...

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