The Renewal Workshop, which recovers and renews clothing so it can be resold, has received a funding boost from Buckhill Capital in an equity round with other investors. 

Founded by Jeff Denby and Nicole Basset, The Renewal Workshop provides a circular economic system that generates additional revenues for the apparel industry and improves resource efficiency by reducing waste, water, and energy consumption. 

Headquartered in Cascade Locks, Oregon, the company contracts with apparel brands and retailers to take in damaged product and unsellable returns to be refurbished into Renewed Apparel, upcycled materials or recycling feedstock. The clean and repaired products are then shipped back to brand or retailer to be sold. The Renewal Workshop also sells apparel direct to consumers.

"Renewed Apparel is an entirely new category of apparel," the firm says on its website. "It is made from garments specifically selected from a larger pool of unsellable inventory. Everything goes through a six-step process to become certified Renewed. With each purchase, you are diverting waste from landfill and making the planet healthier."

About 50% of Renewed Apparel has been professionally repaired with all repairs – from adding a button to replacing a zipper – made with respect towards the original design and quality standards of the garment. 

All Renewed Apparel is certified to ensure that all buttons, zippers, snaps, and closures work, while the company also guarantees there are no stains, piling, fading, fabric fatigue or overall signs of exterior wear. Once garments are reviewed and approved, they are officially certified as Renewed Apparel.

The Renewal Workshop label confirms a garment as Renewed Apparel, meaning it has met both The Renewal Workshop's standards and the original brand standards. Each item is also given an impact score that quantifies the positive environmental impact of buying renewed.