The Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse (CRR) was formed to promote, where appropriate, the activities of product remanufacturing and reuse. The CRR is managed by Oakdene Hollins Ltd, a sustainability consultancy based in Aylesbury, Bucks and is largely funded by Defra.
The CRR believes that remanufacturing and reuse (r&r) are underused means of conserving resources; significant extra savings in materials and energy use are possible whilst boosting skills, employment and economic activity. To this end, the Centre is developing an evidence base which will enable Government and industry to take actions to boost r&r.
This project received approval from Defra because it has the potential to impact on a key material stream (clothing and textiles ) and it complements the work that the Defra Sustainable Clothing Roadmap team is carrying out.
The project will lay the groundwork to establish the feasibility of actions that can be implemented in 2009/10 and beyond, to enable real environmental and economic benefits for the corporatewear sector, and potentially reaching into the wider clothing industry.
The overall project aim was:
“To improve the reuse and recycling options for corporatewear through practical research and the development of an educational resource.”
After initial meeting to discuss priority areas of focus, the following five sub-projects were devised and assigned project partners:
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