Human Capital

ROC: Saving Clothes, Helping People

»Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in Case Studies, Human Capital, Recycling, Sustainability | 0 comments

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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Happy Birthday. Get a Job.

»Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Fiber, Human Capital, Recycling, Sustainability, Textiles / Fabrics | 2 comments

This week marks REvolve’s 2nd birthday, and we are thrilled to announce a huge step toward our ultimate goal: Our charity partner Central City Concern (CCC), a Portland-based organization focused on providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self sufficiency, will permanently implement textile management into their operations, and they are hiring a recycling and reuse coordinator to do it! Our pilot was the catalyst for this role, which will be focused on managing and redistributing textiles and other abandoned recyclables. For us, there is truly no better birthday gift. REvolve has always been about waste reduction for community benefit. Ultimately, the goal is to capture a significant volume of something we throw out and...

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True Cost: A Truly Portland Friday

»Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Human Capital, Manufacturing, Recycling, Sustainability, Textiles / Fabrics | 0 comments

It doesn’t get much more Friday in Portland than biking across town to watch a groundbreaking documentary in an independent theater. How lucky is it to live in a place where that’s just a normal Friday night?!? As the movie ran, I sat in the dark knowing the people who made the damp cotton shirt sticking to my skin would never be so fortunate. True Cost focuses on the negative human and environmental impacts of the fast fashion world, again highlighting many of the issues Elizabeth Cline called out in her book three years ago. It is an exceptionally well made look into a world we have chosen to ignore for decades. After experiencing manufacturing in developing countries, it is impossible to un-see the massive waste or un-breathe the grimy air. While the...

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