Teemill is paying people to send used-clothing back this Black Friday
On Black Friday, the dedicated circular economy platform Teemill is working with its 10,000 stores to ask customers to send back Teemill-made clothing they no longer wear as part of its #TakeBackFriday campaign.
The platform says that returned products will be used to make new products using Teemill’s “innovative” Remill technology, which can go through the same process over and over again.
Teemill says that all its products are designed to be remade. The platform says it uses natural materials and renewable energy to make clothing on demand and when items wear out, customers scan a QR code on the label to send them back. In return, they get £5 credit to spend on the future purchase of a circular economy product.
Teemill says it was designed to solve the problem of clothing waste by creating an open-access circular economy supply chain that could be used by anyone in the world.
The firm describes itself as the world’s biggest dedicated circular economy platform and says it has more than 10,000 brands using it. The organisation says it enables users to create eCommerce stores connected to a circular supply chain, so they can create, sell or remake sustainable and circular clothing products – whether they’re global organisations or influencers and content creators.
Teemill co-founder Mart Drake-Knight said: “Black Friday is a symptom of how waste has been woven into the way our world works. Products have been designed to be thrown away, meaning the only way to create growth is to make and sell more products and create more waste.
“It fuels climate change and destroys nature. We built Teemill to solve that issue. Our products are designed from the start to come back and be remade, and that means that instead of creating waste we create new products from it.
“Doing the right thing shouldn’t cost the earth, so we made the platform free because we want to encourage everyone who cares about these issues to have the chance to co-create a more sustainable future with us.”