The Renewal Workshop helps apparel brands become circular 

Benefits of Working with The Renewal Workshop

SAVE the ENVIRONMENT – finally, a responsible solution is available for all your unsellable inventory, products from take-back programs, etc. that avoids overseas disposal, landfill or incineration

SAVE MONEY - no more warehouse storage costs, human and technical resources, shipping, and disposal costs wasted on written off inventory

MAKE MONEY – recoup the investment made in existing products and capture your own recommerce customers instead of losing them to other businesses  

ENGAGE NEW CUSTOMERS– Attract new customers and deepen existing customer relationships by introducing an environmentally conscious product line 

HIGHLIGHT BRAND QUALITY  - When your clothes are sold for a second time, it is a signal of the high quality of your products

POST-CONSUMER DATA – Never before have designers, product developers, and merchandisers had access to this kind of post-production data to help them improve future products

SUSTAINABILITY DATA– Bi-annual sustainability reports showing the positive impact including apparel diverted from landfill, water, energy, greenhouse gas and toxics savings.

BECOME CIRCULAR – As legislation, innovation and leading brands drive towards a circular economy, partnership with The Renewal Workshop accelerates your brand.

How We Help

The Renewal System is the proprietary process we developed to bridge gaps, connect systems, and mobilize leadership to transform the existing linear manufacturing practices into a circular ones. At its heart, it is a collaborative process that relies on progressive brand partners committed to sustainability.

Brands and retailers lack systems to recover value from unsellable inventory. For garments that have been produced but cannot be sold, the creative, physical, natural and financial resources that have already been invested in them are lost. This leads to massive waste problems with negative environmental impacts and significant financial losses for our partners.

The Renewal System takes discarded apparel and textiles and turns them into renewed apparel, upcycling materials or recycled fiber. Data is collected on everything that flows through the system and is fed back to our brand partners to help them improve the production and design of future products. It is a zero waste system that recovers the full value out of what has already been created as a way of serving customers, partners and planet.

How to get started:

  1. Opportunity Assessment

Many brands are unsure about the scope of their End of Use issues. The Renewal Workshop will bring End of Use (EoU) expertise to brands to help them identify the best opportunities.

Through a scoped consulting project, we conduct research and analysis to deliver recommendations for potential management (programs, projects, partnerships) and how EoU supports your business strategy and goals.

  1. Feasibility Pilot

If you are ready to tackle your End-of-Use issues then participating in our pilot program is where to start. Some of the biggest brands in the apparel industry have already gone through the process.

Brands send samples of the “unsellable” product to our facility where our experts assess the product to establish its “renewability”.

For each brand, we provide a customized report that details the ideal way for your brand to responsibly manage EoU and how to partner with The Renewal Workshop.

 

We Are Apparel Experts and Circular Economy Practitioners

The Renewal Workshop team is comprised of experts in Apparel Sustainability, Supply Chain, Product, Systems and Operations.  We have experience in the following:

  • Implementation of sustainability programs and application of systems thinking for the apparel industry
  • Product development, construction, repairs and production expertise.
  • Materials sourcing, design, construction for fashion and technical products
  • Expertise in data and enterprise systems analysis, value stream mapping and systems thinking implementation.

We have spent several years focused exclusively on putting a Circular Economy business model in action for the apparel industry, therefore we can provide brands:

  • Well-established network of textile and apparel recycling solutions from start-ups to large companies.
  • Our research expertise is focused on circular economy pertaining to post-consumer textiles, including cradle to cradle processes, industrial ecology, and emerging systems.
  • We have developed financial models of the business case for apparel resale and textile recycling for major brands and retailers
  • We have developed efficient apparel take back strategies and incentive programs
  • We have developed metrics and key performance indicators for circular economy businesses

If you're ready to get started, email us at hello@renewalworkshop.com


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