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Reverse Resources

150 billion garments are produced each year – but over 30% of the materials used in the process go to waste. But it’s not waste – it’s a valuable resource for someone else. What if these spilled resources could be mapped, traced and easily transferred to another user? This is exactly what Reverse Resources has done, and the fashion industry is a little bit more circular.

Winner 2016

The innovation in a nutshell

An online platform, where textile leftovers from fabric and garment production are mapped, traced and traded.

More in detail

The total volume of spill from fashion production is over 30% and it’s not only because of planning errors. “Clothing manufacturers are optimising their production quite efficiently. But there are many stages of production, and in every stage, there is unavoidable some waste,” says Ann Runnel, founder of Reverse Resources.

Reverse Resources’ trials have shown that most of the production leftovers could be reused in the same factories or get recycled into new fabrics. There is a growing number of recyclers who produce high-quality material out waste textiles. They need a steady flow of similar waste, but can’t access the waste efficiently right now.

To enable this closed loop process, Reverse Resources have created an online software platform to connect fashion brands, suppliers, recyclers and traders of the waste. The software helps to segregate, map, measure and create a trace of textile scraps throughout the supply chain. Someone’s waste is someone else’s treasure.

“Global Change Award helped us open doors to build a network and get access to confidential information in different points in the supply chains, which has been critical for us to develop the concept from an idea to actual business case. It has also helped us to grow our minds to think much bigger than we would have dared otherwise.”

Ann Runnel

Team members: Ann Runnel, Nin Castle and Dea Lasting
Country: Estonia