OUR STORY

We started our company to solve hard problems and to create new systems that do what is good and right for people and for the planet.

The Renewal System is the process we developed to bridge gaps, connect systems, and mobilize leadership to make  existing linear manufacturing practices circular. 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 products that have been produced but cannot be sold, the creative, physical, natural and financial resources invested in them are lost. This leads to massive waste problems with negative environmental impacts, significant financial losses for brands and missed opportunities for consumers.

The Renewal System takes discarded apparel and textiles and turns them into Renewed products, upcycled materials or recycling feedstock. Data is collected on everything that flows through the system and is given 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.

We built our first factory in Cascade Locks, Oregon in 2016. We opened our second factory in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2019. The team is growing every day with new people who are inspired by a shared sense of purpose and committed to Core Values that drive all of the decisions we make. 

Core Values

Our values guide every aspect of how we work. These aren't pretty words that hang on the wall of a conference room, they are the foundation of all of our decisions.

LOVE + LIGHT
We encourage each other to follow whatever personal path brings us joy. We dwell in the positive and live lightly without being dragged down by burden. We recognize that living true to oneself is freedom.

PRESENCE
We manage our time by being present to what is here right now, remaining in the moment, and giving ourselves time to absorb and process. We allow things to happen in flow.

SELF-DETERMINATION
We are confident in our beliefs, in our ideas and in our vision. We lead in our own style and set our own course in how we treat people, the environment, the brand and the business. We hold most strongly to who we are and what we are trying to accomplish.

SENSIBILITY
We look for simple solutions to complex problems. We value common sense. We believe in the wisdom of nature, looking to evolve, adapt, and learn constantly from our changing environment.

SERVICE

We see service as a way of being and behaving. We think of others first, from our brand partners to our customers to the environment. We exist to be of service to the bigger picture, solving problems to create a more positive world.

SYSTEMS THINKING
Systems expertise is in our DNA. We use processes and systems as tools to free ourselves from inefficiency and to solve big problems. Good systems do not restrict innovation and collaboration, they cultivate them.

THE IMPACT OF THE WORK

Measuring and transparently sharing the environmental impact of our work has always been part of our purpose and practice. These are the impact numbers representing our brand partnerships through June 2020.

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PURPOSE

Alayna
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Alberto
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Alondra
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Andy
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Annelise
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Arune
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Brandon
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Christine
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Clara
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Dave
Dave Operations
Gloria
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Hana
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Hatem
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Hengame
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Jill
Jill Marketing + Recommerce
Jeff
Jeff Co-Founder
Jordan
Jordan Human Resources
Jordy
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Julie
Julie Technology
Katie
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Kevin
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Kim
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Leticia
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Lisa
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Liv
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Luisa
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Lupita
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Maarten
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Malou
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Maria
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Memo
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Michelle
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Nicole
Nicole Co-Founder
Nimbe
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Ofelia
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Ofelia
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Olga
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Richa
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Salina
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Tayebeh
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Tamara
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Taylor
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Tore
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Yolanda
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Zoreh
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