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Reverse Resources promotes upcycling of textile leftovers and creates supply chain transparency with online platform

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Estonia, Other (Bangladesh)

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The amount of leftover resources from garment manufacturing is systematically underestimated by brands – up to 47% of fabrics and fibres can go to waste in the many different stages of yarn, fabric and garment production. Taking up this issue, Reverse Resources has developed an online platform that connects brands, manufacturers, waste handers, and recyclers/spinners with the aim of using digital traceability of leftovers to reintegrate and maximise the value of these discarded resources into the new circular supply chain. The other benefit and focus is to reduce the use of virgin fibres and the environmental footprint of all stakeholders. 

For garment factories, the platform offers a digital warehouse where composition, amount and background details on leftover materials is registered. The platform has numerous recyclers on board that have registered their demand for resources and if desired can match these requests into transactions. The benefit is that the factory can get a better price for its leftovers while Reverse Resources provides on-site training about segregation at the cutting table, which benefits the above-mentioned process.

For waste handlers, the platform offers access to a digital warehouse where they can access the RR network, thus giving them the opportunity to work with pre-segregated textile scraps and expand their network of recyclates. The waste handler is a logistics partner of factories capable of segregating and qualifying waste, and by doing this he can increase his revenues by at least 10% on our platform.

For recyclers / spinners,  the platform offers an overview of the number of leftovers, their background and availability in different locations. When buying leftovers through the RR platform they receive full background information, which is a huge advantage because they have validated information that is necessary to sell to high-end brands that require supply chain transparency.

And for brands, the platform provides all types of statistics on waste streams, keeps track of the KPIs and shows how much of their production waste has been recycled and what has not. It also shows their environmental impact reductions, provides data for building waste strategies and includes recommendations on how to transition to a circular economy.

Over the next three years, Reverse Resources aims to trace 200 000 tonnes of leftovers to recycling and contribute to avoiding the emission of 1.6 mln tonnes of CO2-eq and use of 420 million cubic metres of water in textile production.

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The Reverse Resources platform

  • increases revenues for factories, waste handlers and recyclers/spinners
  • provides overview and transparency of waste flows in industry
  • can reduce demand for virgin materials by more than 10%
  • reduces landfilling, value loss and environmental footprint
  • sharing of data between factories and recyclers creates efficiency