Sustainability

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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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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Team Offsites Begin Sept 2015!

»Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Education, Recycling, Sustainability | 0 comments

Textile Recycling 101 Be In the Know. Create Better Product. Change the Industry.   Contact Us   Building better product starts with understanding what happens at the end of a product’s life. You wouldn’t attempt calculus without knowing basic math, and you can’t build a truly sustainable product without considering its entire lifecycle. Explore how products can be reused and returned to the supply chain to reduce our industry’s impact. REvolve shares the latest insights on closed loop textiles through hands-on activities, projects, and discussions. There are end-of-life solutions available for your products today and more in development for the future. Learn how your team can join the change agents transforming how apparel and footwear are made.  ...

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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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