Recover - North Carolina, USA
Since 2010, Recover has diverted 7.8 million plastic bottles from the landfill, saved 29.2 million KWH of energy, saved 11.8 million lbs of carbon emissions, and saved 2 billion gallons of water. Recover has raised more than $130,000 for relief efforts, and continues to work with other nonprofits and businesses to create positive impact.
In 2010, Bill and John founded Recover as a sustainable apparel company that would not only reduce plastic pollution in our rivers, oceans, landfills, and adventure playgrounds, but would also give people an easy choice to be part of a solution instead of part of a problem.
Recover has a 360° process - from design to manufacturing to fulfillment - sourcing recycled plastic bottles and upcycled cotton for materials; minimizes dyes; significantly reduces the use of chemicals, water, and energy; and completely eliminates plastic packaging.
Recover collect and sort post-consumer plastic bottles, stripping them of all labels and caps. Next, they salvage cotton from discarded industry scraps, the reclaimed fiber is then spun into yarn and knit into fabric, which is ultimately cut and sewn into a garment.
Recover uses its unique, proprietary process combining 100% recycled PET and upcycled cotton to make the lightweight, soft, durable, quality Recover Tee - that looks and feels great. The Recover process minimises dyes, completely eliminates plastic packaging, and significantly reduces the use of chemicals, water, and energy.
Rooted in the textile rich heritage of North Carolina, Recover aims to be a driver in supporting local jobs, education, and communities. Greatly reducing carbon emissions, Recover's Made-in-the-Carolinas line sources everything from within a 150 mile radius of their headquarters. From recycled plastic bottles, to upcycled cotton, to cut and sew, to distribution, Recover values growing and investing in Local.
The world of environmental and social responsibility goes beyond borders, which is why Recover partners with a work co-op in Haiti that creates sustainable jobs and living wages for hundreds of workers as well as a facility in Guatemala that’s powered by biomass from local forestry and coffee industry waste.
Through the Recover Co Brand program and Recover’s initiatives such as CAREolinas, RAD, Protect Our Parks, and Clean Water, they have worked to connect and support artists, communities, and the environment through partnerships with companies, events and nonprofit organisations.