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Accelerating Circularity says Bethell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table as a 25 year veteran of the sustainable textile industry, and the founder of a group of companies that specialise in secondhand wholesale, vintage retail, and innovations in sustainable fashion: Bank and Vogue, Beyond Retro, and BVH Services.

Bethell’s parent company, Bank and Vogue, is said to be the largest full-service broker of used goods in North America. The group’s retail arm is Beyond Retro, a leading vintage fashion specialist in Europe. BVH Services is the group’s innovation hub, which works to spearhead and develop innovations across the fashion field, specifically centered around sustainability.

Accelerating Circularity is a non-profit that creates new supply chains and business models to turn textile waste into mainstream raw materials. It envisions a world where textiles are no longer wasted. Its approach is to research, map, model, and test circular, textile-to-textile systems from collection, sorting, pre-processing, and recycling through the conventional supply chain at standard commercial scale.

Bethell and his companies are motivated by the belief that used clothing is not waste but a solution to addressing the “crisis of stuff,” a core value that aligns with Accelerating Circularity’s mission to “Put textiles to good use.”

“Accelerating Circularity is doing just that. Implementing circular systems to eliminate textile waste with an emphasis on collaboration is what it’s all about. I’m incredibly excited to join Accelerating Circularity as a Board Director and look forward to a promising future for our work, industry, and planet,” says Bethell.

He joins a board including Accelerating Circularity’s founder Karla Magruder as president; Tricia Carey, director of global business development denim and Americas at Lenzing Group, as secretary; and Alice Hartley, director of product sustainability at Gap Inc, as director.

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Accelerating Circularity says Bethell’s background in secondhand retail will continue to expand this group’s diverse background and further broaden the board’s insight into how the industry problems Accelerating Circularity is aiming to solve can be addressed.

Accelerating Circularity began its European polyester recycling trials earlier this summer.