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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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NEW WEBSITE & NEW BLOG

Since winning the Global Change Award in February we have been very busy with getting the focus right for what we do, what's our service, for whom and why. With all the interviews, meetings and research we didn't have much time to work on our communications. But now, finally, we open up our public face to show what we do and how we think. See our new web and follow our blog! From now on we will post more about what we learn on our way - statistics, pictures, and interesting facts. 
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PILOT PROJECT KICK-OFF

We are happy to announce that our pilot project with H&M has had a successful kickoff. In June, Reverse Resources spent two weeks in Shanghai, Suzhou and Hong Kong visiting factories and talking to people like cleaning ladies, factory managers and everyone in between. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all who made us feel so welcome.

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