One man’s garbage is another’s treasure. Just take from The Renewal Workshop, a new circular business concept that transforms damaged garments and excess inventory destined for landfills into sellable—and sometimes one-of-a-kind—garments.

Founded by Nicole Basset and Jeff Denby, The Renewal Workshop partners with apparel brands like Prana, Ibex and Mountain Khakis to refurbish or upcycle damaged or returned garments at their Cascade Locks, Oregan based factory. The company repairs inventory with broken zippers, buttons and tears. Garments are also cleaned with Tersus Solutions, a waterless cleaning technology for “good as new clean.” Items that are too damaged to be used again are aggregated for recycling.

Read more at Carved in Blue.


This article is one of a series on Rivet from Lenzing’s Carved in Blue denim blog. From conversations with the experts behind the mills that make some of the world’s most-wanted denim to the global brands bringing novel denim made with TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal® to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit www.carvedinblue.lenzing-fibers.com.