SMART: Reflecting on Steven’s Keynote speech

Last Month, our founder, Steven Bethell, had the honour to be this year’s keynote speaker for the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) Summit in Dubai.    Steven spoke about the Threats, Opportunities and Responsibilities of our Industry. One of the biggest Threats in the industry are the false narratives currently promoted on the […]

Converse Renew Upcycled Shirts

A series of converse low top and high top shoes

  As the pressure for retailers to adopt more circular practices increases, 2022 has seen even more companies and governments set goals to become carbon neutral in the years to come. There are many different ways to transition into a circular economy, as demonstrated in the popular phrase ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. Remanufacturing has become one […]

History of Polar Fleece

Polar Fleece was a winter staple renowned for its high-performance; with optimal thermal and moisture-wicking capabilities, Polar Fleece was infamous for maintaining a super-lightweight and soft feel, unlike fabrics such as chinchilla and wool. In recent years, the material has largely fallen out of rotation due to innovation in Fleece fabrics and concerns over its […]

Bank & Vogue hosts biggest ever Latin America Secondhand Textiles Summit

As one of the largest global secondhand brokers, Bank & Vogue have partnered with MegaPaca to bring key stakeholders of the circular economy together to look to the future of the secondhand industry in the region for a unique summit in Antigua, Guatemala.  Inviting leading recycling businesses from across Central and South America, the two […]

Rag News: November 2021

  The Continual Rise of Thrift Shopping! The rise of thrift shopping has been a newness for the past few years, with an increase in demand that Generation Z is leading. The secondhand market has had a huge boom in the past few years, currently it is projected to hit 36 billion dollars. This however […]

Rag News: October 2021

  A Sustainable Halloween! Halloween is the scariest season of the year, including the amount of waste created by it. October 31st is all about dressing up and partaking in festive and fun Halloween activities! That being said, it also comes with a massive waste once it’s over. A study revealed that more than 2,000 […]

Rag News: August 2021

  Donate your Clothes! Donating clothing helps raise money for those in need, as well as aid in preventing unnecessary waste. There are many ways to donate clothing, but finding a place to donate your clothes can be challenging depending on your region. Logistics and time constraints are significant factors for clothing and other items […]

Rag News: July 2021

  A circular economy in India Countries around the world have begun to implement a circular economy within their own economic systems. There is a huge potential for developing countries to adapt and implement policies that incentivize sustainable activities.  For instance, it is arguable that India is naturally a circular economy, since they seem to […]

Rag News: June 2021

  The second-hand market in Tunisia Tunisia’s second-hand industry is one of the largest markets in North Africa. For many Tunisians, it is common to head to the flea markets on a weekly basis. The markets, known as frippes, are full of hidden gems. People can find Prada shoes, Versace scarves; they are full of […]

Rag News: May 2021

  Developing a Circular Economy requires intentional efforts. The COVID-19 pandemic made a big impact on economies around the world, with many businesses forced to close due to multiple lockdown measures to contain the virus. As a result, there will be many challenges as countries build their economies back and attempt to aid the damage […]