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Strategic partnership launched with MADE-BY

Today Reverse Resources launched a joint project with MADE-BY under the roof of ECAP (European Clothing Action Plan). We have developed a step-by-step process to support fashion retailers close the loop of the production leftovers and set up a win-win cooperation with the suppliers towards circular economy.
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White paper by Reverse Resources: Digitally Enhanced Circular Economy within Global Fashion Supply Chains

Reverse Resources, after winning the Global Change Award, has carried out extensive research among major fabric and garment factories in China and Bangladesh. We have concluded that garment manufacturers producing textiles and clothes for many of the world’s major fashion brands are spilling an average of 25% of leftover volumes out of production. In some cases, the volume is as high as 47%, much higher than usually perceived by brands. However, it is not a waste problem of factories, nor a problem about lack of brand responsibility. Such inefficiency is caused by a systemic conflict of business interests and lack of data and transparency in between the stakeholders of the global supply chains. Thus, the emerging era of circular economy along with digitalisation and transparency trends can unlock a major business opportunity for both brands and factories. 

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PRODUCTION LEFTOVERS - A NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITY IN BANGLADESH

In November and again in January our team had a wonderful opportunity to visit Dhaka again, after a 3 year gap. Thanks to the partnership with H&M and Tesco we visited 5 major suppliers there representing >2% of the Bangladesh export volumes of garments. We now have a very clear understanding that our approach makes sense for suppliers, both process-wise and business-wise. And we have understood from close-up look into the details of the textile waste streams and management why the industry in general, as well as the research community of sustainable fashion have systematically underestimated the volumes of production leftovers. It means, that the business potential of reusing and recycling leftovers is bigger than it has been thought. Few months more and we can give the numbers.    

We have made agreements with 2 factories to start with sampling and costing to measure the volumes and potential of remanufacturing in their factories to learn the costs and savings from our concept. And we are keenly looking forward to the first results from these trials!
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OUR TRIP TO SHENZHEN AND HONG KONG: THE DOUBLE HELIX OF GARMENT PRODUCTION

Hong Kong and Shenzhen are in many respects a twin city, joint by an umbilical cord of an extended metro and ferry system, but more importantly, by often mutual business interests. While Hong Kong is relatively old and has inherited its characteristic Britishness, Shenzhen - not more than a stone's trow away from Hong Kong's Northern Territories - is the "youngest city" in China full of business with Chinese characteristics.

The symbiosis benefits both, also when it comes to the fashion industry.
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HOW MUCH DOES GARMENT INDUSTRY ACTUALLY WASTE?

How much textile waste is created by the global garment industry? Honestly, the answer to this question is unknown. We can make an educated guess, however, and outline an
approximate waste structure – we can describe where in the production cycle textile waste is generated and where leftovers (i.e. waste) are produced geographically.
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