Case Studies

Staples: Recycled Denim Products

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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

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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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ROC: Saving Clothes, Helping People

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ROC: Saving Clothes, Helping People

Over the past three years, REvolve has initiated and executed projects that more clearly define and utilize the wide range of value embedded in textiles. An incredible opportunity presented itself in the fall of 2014, when we partnered with Portland non-profit Central City Concern (CCC) to divert left behind textiles from landfill and redistribute them to people in need. CCC operates a robust housing program for people who are transitioning from homelessness into self-sufficiency. These individuals are particularly prone to experiencing crises, which can lead to them abruptly leaving their homes. In this case, people leave behind assorted items: clothes, linens, housewares, etc, most of which CCC was forced to throw away if they remained unclaimed. In addition,...

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