The Impact of Carbon

March 24, 2022

In her 2019 Ted Talk “The Future of Business is Circular” our Co-Founder, Nicole Bassett, talks about the Industrial Revolution and how it forever changed our relationship with nature by applying speed and scale to using the earth through the linear business model.

Science shows us that indeed our relationship with nature did change with the Industrial Revolution. The pace of industry—including the textiles industry—steadily increased the amount of greenhouse gases, primarily CO2, which ultimately trap heat in our atmosphere and warm the planet. Learn more CO2 101 here

Linear business pretends there are endless resources on a finite planet and pretends we can just throw things away when there is no away. The Renewal Workshop leads apparel and textile brands beyond linear business into the circular economy. In a circular business, we create a new formula that will reduce the need to make new items—and thereby reduce the carbon impact—by renewing products to use them multiple times in various forms.

Just as a linear business cannot survive without customers, a circular business needs customers to empower a new revolution that will help the health of our planet.  We hope you will join us. As Nicole said in her Ted Talk, “We are all part of the system. Our choices made it possible. Our choices can make it change.”


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