Our patent pending solution is based on the concept of upcycling. In our case, we take discarded hotel bed linens, and turn them into truly sustainable and durable textile bags. We cooperate with Swedish laundry service companies that provide us with hotel bed linen that can no longer be used as such, often due to a small stains or holes. The textile we acquire and use in our production is of high quality and made of a mix of cotton and polyester.
For B2B we offer our textile bags either with Reused Remade brand or private label. For our clients, we can offer Reused Remade’s models and designs or we can produce a model and a design customized to your needs and wishes. Our textile bags are currently being produced in Lithuania.
Why Reused Remade is the better option
Reused material is better than both new and recycled material.
The production of new textiles requires a great deal of fresh water, pesticides and crude oil. According to studies, brand new textile bags, made of raw materials, would need to be used more than 400 times in order to have less of an environmental impact than an eco-friendly plastic bag. Recycled materials on the other hand, go through an energy intensive industrial process to create new fabric, as when plastic PET bottles are turned into textile. By producing bags from existing textile, that can no longer serve its original purpose, we prolong the life of the fabric, or “upcycle” it, into textile tote bags, with a minimum of new resources.
Quick facts about cotton and polyester:
- 1 kg of conventional cotton, often grown in dry regions, requires up to 30,000 litres of fresh water and 1 kg of pesticides and other chemicals.
- 1 kg of polyester requires approximately 4 dl of crude oil.
In the spring of 2017, prior to being invited to the SIF Oceans Conference, Reused Remade was assessed by a group of experts and researchers as to our positive contribution to the goals of Agenda 2030. We’re proud to be considered to have a positive impact on 4 of the 17 SDGs (sustainable development goal).
Work in progress
We are developing procedures to implement a circular system for our bags. The aim is to reduce or eliminate the need for plastic bags for both in store and online purchases.
Many of the online grocery stores use plastic bags for frozen items. Our concept is to:
- Eliminate plastic bag use for frozen goods.
- Introduce our Reused Remade sustainable textile bags that have successfully been tested to carry as much as 14 kg and lifted more than 25,000 times.
- Take advantage of existing delivery routes to customers in order to deliver and retrieve the textile bags so they can be sent to laundry service for cleaning, before being re-integrated into the distribution process again.
Do you really need to own your carry bags? What happens when you forget them at home?
We are developing and evaluating the possibility of a carry bag loan system at your local supermarket. You would use them to cart home your groceries and then return them to the store to be washed and made ready for you or someone else to use. For this service you would pay a fee and a deposit that you’ll get back upon returning the bag.
A more efficient production process
In addition to striving for a greener world, we are also working towards a more sustainable and equitable society by producing the bags as closely as possible to the source material. By doing this, we create jobs in the communities where our bags are being sold. During 2017/18 we will be collaborating with engineers, experts in the textile industry and commercial companies, in order to develop a more innovative and efficient production process. We hope this project is a success!
If you’re interested in learning more about us and/or our products, please contact Josephine or Pia.