Reasons to Renew

June 10, 2021

In her 2019 Ted Talk “The Future of Business is Circular” our Co-Founder, Nicole Bassett, notes the only way for a linear business—one that follows the take/make/waste model—to make more revenue is to make more things while pretending there are endless resources when we live on a finite planet while continuing to pretend we can just throw things away when there is no away.

This last thought, that there is no away, is made clear in Fast Company’s recent article about a landfill in Ghana full of textiles. The articles states that shockingly “every year, the U.S. exports more than a billion pounds of used clothing.”  Clothing that was donated with good intentions and with the hope of re-use.  The knowledge of a linear system that is unsustainable with little known consequences is what drives The Renewal Workshop to continually offer education and create partnerships with brands. We want to help more and more companies begin their journey to a circular system and keep products out of landfill.


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