Textiles / Fabrics

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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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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What Are the Most Sustainable Fabrics?

»Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Design, Fiber, Sustainability, Textiles / Fabrics | 0 comments

Designers ask this question a lot. The savvy offer up personal favorites, including organic cotton, hemp, bamboo (ugh), and anything recycled. So what’s best? It depends… No matter what fabric goes into a product, there will be benefits and drawbacks. Plant-based fibers are natural and renewable. They also need water to grow, and water is scarce. Animal fibers are natural and renewable, but chemicals are commonly used to control pests, and humane practices are not universal. Polyester is a petroleum-based product (as are other synthetics), and we all know this is not a renewable resource. But did you know poly requires very little water to make (compared to cotton), and it can be recycled multiple times? Products aren’t more or less sustainable just because of...

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