This Company Repairs Clothing Destined To Be Tossed Into Landfills [Watch]

This Oregon-based company will repair articles of clothing that would otherwise be thrown away due to simple mishaps.

Credit: Renewable Apparel

Credit: Renewable Apparel

It’s mind-boggling to consider that every year, 14 million tons of clothing are tossed into landfills around the world. Oftentimes, the items are discarded because of simple mishaps, such as missing buttons, ripped seams, or broken zippers.

To remedy this conundrum, Nicole and Jeff Bassett founded Renewable Apparel, a company that cleans and repairs lightly damaged shirts, pants, dresses, and jackets (many of which are often major designer brands).

As the video below relays, the organization receives the clothing in bulk from partnering groups and employees clean and fix the articles so they’re as good as new. Then, the clothes are sold with a 50-30% discount, and a portion of the proceeds go to the original company. This allows customers to bulk up their wardrobes without spending as much.

By preventing clothes from being needlessly tossed into landfills, activists involved with the organization are helping to reduce the effects of climate change.


As GoodNewsNetwork relays, the eco-minded entrepreneurs reached their crowdfunding goal of $50,000 to build their business last month. Based in Oregon, the sustainable factory will begin selling the products this October, so keep an eye out for that!

The IndieGoGo campaign bio read:

“We love this planet. We also love the people who work hard to design and make great things. Little problems like broken zippers and missing buttons should not destroy all the natural resources, time, labor, creativity and care that go into making something. Good clothing should be part of our lives, not our landfill.”

Please watch the video below to learn more:

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