When I’m on the hunt for a new addition to my wardrobe, I generally start by checking out my go-to sources for sustainable clothing — my sister’s closet and my favorite resale shop. There, I know I can find quality, gently used pieces that will fit my style, budget and eco-footprint. While shopping secondhand is a great way to reduce waste, there are some items I just prefer not to receive as hand-me-downs or purchase used.
Thankfully, I found an eco-friendly alternative to buying new yoga pants (one item I’m not fond of getting used): renewed yoga pants. Online retailer The Renewal Workshop offers name-brand pieces diverted from the landfill that are expertly mended and cleaned to like-new condition. Their products check all my boxes for a guilt-free purchase — sustainable materials and business practices, quality items, and a great price.
The Renewal Workshop partners with brands like prAna (popular with yogis and outdoor enthusiasts) to source unsellable returned items and excess inventory that otherwise would contribute to the 14 million tons of clothing and textile waste landfilled every year in the U.S. This circular economy approach to sustainable clothing is the brainchild of The Renewal Workshop co-founders Jeff Denby and Nicole Basset, who developed a zero-waste system to divert, clean, repair and upcycle clothing.
Every aspect of the process was carefully crafted to save natural resources and eliminate waste. Once the sustainably sourced clothing reaches the company’s factory in Cascade Locks, Ore., it is washed using waterless, liquid CO2 cleaning tech that removes stains, smoke, mold and more to restore items to a good-as-new clean.
“Renewed apparel is a new product category for customers who are looking for a high-quality sustainable apparel,” Basset said. “Every time a customer buys renewed…