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Rework & The Circular Economy

A solution to turn used clothing into something new

What is the circular economy?

A circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible.

Clothing is a basic need of everyday life, an important sector in the global economy and ultimately a factor contributing to climate change. The BBC stated in July 2020 that by 2030 we are expected to be discarding more than 134 million tonnes of textiles a year. Rework Vintage Wholesale is a model of the circular economy that is trying to create manufacturing change, prolonging the life cycle of existing garments, reworking and repairing damaged used clothing into a new product for resale.

Clothing represents more than 60% of the total textiles used globally and in the last 15 years clothing production has approximately doubled, at the same time consumers are wearing a single piece of clothing they own 40% less. Patrick Grant from the Great British Sewing Bee stated, we have enough clothing on the planet right now to clothe the next 6 generations of the human race. We can't stop the fashion industry producing clothes and we cant prevent all clothes from getting damaged, as accidents happen but we can change the materials we use to produce new garments. We can produce new garments out of existing used materials for example, reworking damaged fleeces with stains and broken zips into a new pair of joggers.

Nothing goes to waste at Rework Vintage Wholesale, we turn our scraps into scrunchies and patchworks and we donate our off-cuts to a local business that manufacture punching bags for boxers.

Do you repair your damaged clothes?

  • 0%NEVER - I throw away all my damaged clothes

  • 0%SOMETIMES - I try to wash stains out and repair minor holes

  • 0%ALWAYS - I get my clothes professionally repaired & cleaned

Rework Vintage Wholesale's journey has only just began and in the last year myself and Ella have reworked over 3000 new products out of damaged used clothing for retailers. We still have a lot to learn and have a big task ahead of us. Our mission is to create manufacturing change globally, by reworking the garments and materials we have already mass produced. Alongside educating consumers on the environmental impact of throw away fashion, and teaching them how to rework and repair their own wardrobe.

If you are retailer or a consumer with clothing you deem as waste or damaged and want to learn how to rework and repair these clothes, please get in touch as can help you.

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