In The Renewal Workshop factory in Cascade Locks, Oregon, the product is sorted, cleaned, and repaired (if needed), giving each garment new life as Renewed Apparel. The Renewed Apparel is then either sold through the original brand's sales channels, or it is sold through The Renewal Workshop's website. For any product that can’t be renewed, it is responsibly managed into upcycling, or recycling in order to optimise the resources already invested in them.
The Renewal Workshop built its business model around the framework of a circular economy. The goal of The Renewal Workshop is to help apparel brands and retailers turn their linear system into a circular one. This is done through a staged approach of ensuring a material is being used at its highest value and the resources are maximised.
In the first instance, apparel is restored through cleaning and repair and resold creating new revenue for the original apparel brand. When a product is too damaged, only then are upcycling and recycling solutions explored. By partnering with The Renewal Workshop brands and retailers are able to collectively seek solutions for circularity for their materials.
The future of supply chain production for The Renewal Workshop is in upcycling and recycling streams. Through existing partnerships, The Renewal Workshop collects and aggregates various types of textiles and apparel that need innovative solutions.
The upcycling stream is made up of product that is deemed as not renewable but contains materials that can be used to create entirely new products.
Recycling means that product that is at its lowest value, truly waste, has the opportunity to be turned into fibre, yarns, or new fabrics that can be sold back into the downstream supply chain to manufacture a brand’s new clothes. This converts zero value waste into the valuable raw materials that the industry depends on, along with substantial environmental and financial savings.