Redwood Classics Apparel and Preloved have teamed up to turn something old into a brand new collection, using unexpected materials that had a very finite shelf life.
After Toronto hosted the Pan Am Games in 2015, the city found itself with hundreds of leftover street pole banners. This isn’t a new problem for cities that host international sporting events; on average, these events create over 50 tonnes of plastic waste. While steps are being made to reduce environmental waste from sporting events, banners and other signage are still single-use items. When the opportunity arose to create something useful and beautiful out of the Pan Am banners, while celebrating the legacy of the Games for the city of Toronto, Redwood Classics and Preloved rose to the occasion.
Similar to other Redwood Classics and Preloved collections, this collaboration diverts textile waste from our landfill by upcycling it into new products. But this time, we took it one step further: each piece in the Upcycled Pan Am Games Collection has been thoughtfully designed to help the user reduce their own environmental footprint with each use. The collection includes a produce bag, shopping bag, laundry bag, and knapsack - each one crafted to reduce the number of plastic or single-use bags that the user needs to waste. From one banner, we have created a complete collection of multi-use products.
“Upcycling is not just a trend. To us, it’s the only way the fashion industry can move forward,” says Kathy Cheng, President of Redwood Classics Apparel. “This collaboration with Preloved is the next step in our journey to creating a more sustainable fashion industry while directly impacting our local community by reducing plastic consumption.”
Each piece in the collection is crafted to stand the test of time, is breathable, and is easily washable. The collection includes:
Ellie Shopping Bag
A stylish, lightweight tote for your everyday needs that can be tossed into your bag or car when not in use.
Princess Gate Laundry Bag
A lightweight laundry bag perfect for travel and dorms, and for making it easy to tidy up bedrooms.
Pachi Produce Bag Set
A set of 3 unique bags, each a different size, designed to fit all shapes of produce so you can say goodbye to single-use product bags at the grocery store.
Preloved Founder Julia Grieve was on Cityline during Earth Month to showcase the bags as an eco-friendly alternative to plastics. Watch the segment below!
Founded in 1996 by Julia Grieve, a self-proclaimed Accidental Environmentalist and Cityline’s Eco Expert, Preloved has been a pioneer in sustainable fashion. To date, Preloved has diverted approximately 1 million sweaters from landfill.
ABOUT REDWOOD CLASSICS APPAREL
Backed by over three decades of textile excellence and as a means of providing an end-to-end premium solution, Redwood Classics Apparel was founded by Kathy Cheng in 2009 as an in-stock premium apparel line that is owned and operated by WS & Co. Ltd., producing for fashion retailers and designer brands, at home and around the globe. With a focus on people, planet and prosperity, Redwood Classics is steadfastly committed to combating offshoring, putting Canada on the map as a leading destination for premium apparel manufacturing.