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Patagonia and United Makers launch the United Repair Centre in Amsterdam

Thu 07 Jul 2022 | 12:49 pm GMT
Rob Hutchins | Products of Change Writer

The United Repair Centre is on a mission to repair 300,000 items of clothing a year to fuel the circular economy for businesses

The creative textile platform, Makers Unite and the international outerwear brand Patagonia, have joined forces to launch the United Repair Centre (URC) in Amsterdam. The hub aims to carry out 300,000 clothing repairs annually and save one million kilograms of textile waste, allowing for not only Patagonia to utilise its services but also any brands that wish to become members. The Dutch clothing brand Scotch & Soda has already joined with the URC and brand applications for additional members are now open. Consumers that have purchased products from a URC member will be able to contact the brand to organise for the product to be repaired at the URC facility, with it then returned to the customer to be worn again. It is the hope of both Patagonia and Makers Unite that the centre will encourage brands to make repair and reuse a part of their business models in order to cut down on the negative impact of the textile industry. To mark its opening, the URC will be launching a training programme in September, with collaboration from House of Denim, through which 300 students will be trained to become certified textile repairers in the coming years. Thami Schweichler, managing director and co-founder of Makers Unite, said: “The fashion industry is at the beginning of a new era. An era where repairs and other new services will make more impact. “We are addressing the fashion industry now, because something needs to be done. For us, it’s a unique opportunity to create valuable jobs and we do this naturally with people who are struggling to get jobs.” Promoting the circular economy in business Better adoption of repair and reuse by businesses is a fundamental aspect of the circular economy, an economic model that provides a planet friendly alternative to the take, make, and throwaway culture perpetuated by the linear model. Reuse has become growing trend among younger audiences today. It was in a recent report on the resale sector that the recommerce specialist, thredUP anticipated that the market for pre-loved clothing will reach €70 billion in the next ten years. The Circular Economy has also been highlighted as the future of a prosperous consumer products industry. In light of this, Products of Change is hosting its first in-person Circular Economy 101 Workshop on July 13 to offer businesses within the consumer products industries a better understanding of the basic principles of the circular economy and how to unlock greater value in their products by keeping them in a closed-loop system. The workshop will be led by Products of Change’s Advisor and expert in the circular economy, Arthur Parry and will be held at the Informa Offices on Blackfriars Road, London. For more information on the course, click here.
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