The brainchild of Ross Lohr and Nathan Rothstein, Project Repat repurposes your favorite t-shirts into custom accessories such as tote bags, blankets, circle scarves and ties. You choose what you want to have made, and Project Repat tells you how many t-shirts you need to send. A few weeks later, you’ve got a one-of-a-kind item made from your own upcycled garments.
But that’s just the beginning. Project Repat is about more than just repurposing your Frankie Goes To Hollywood t-shirt. The company is on a mission to turn textile waste into fair-wage job opportunities in the U.S. After learning how millions of donated t-shirts wind up in developing countries, where millions of entrepreneurial jobs revolve around the importing, distributing and selling of secondhand clothing, the founders of Project Repat were inspired to create a business model that employs U.S. workers to do the designing, piecing and sewing of your upcycled t-shirts.
Treasured t-shirts make their way out of storage bins, U.S. workers find fair-wage jobs, and you get to enjoy the innovative results.