Watch: This factory gives landfill-bound labels a new lease of life

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It won’t be news to a lot of people that a staggering amount of clothes from major brands end up in landfill, whether it’s through returns, minor damage or excess production of items – in fact, an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of textiles end up in landfill each year. It’s frustrating for consumers, retailers and the brands themselves, which is why we all owe The Renewal Workshop a big high-five.

The team behind the project are on a quest to stop clothing going to waste, and they’re going straight to the source – the big brands themselves. By partnering with these brands, The Renewal Workshop is able to receive all those items that would otherwise end up in landfill. The items go into the RW factory, where they’re repaired, cleaned and brought back to the highest standard possible.

After being given a new lease of life, the clothes will eventually be sold on The Renewal Workshop’s site at a heavily discounted price, which seems like a good deal to us. As you might expect, all this takes a fair bit of work and workshopping, which is why TRW have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help pay for new equipment to aid them on their planet-benefitting, customer-pleasing mission.

Landfill, you say? Pft, we say.

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