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Combating Landfill Statistics Using Upcycling as a Service

At Tersus Solutions, ending textile waste and giving garments a second chance at life is what we’re all about. While our efforts to transform the textile industry into a circular economy are versatile, upcycling as a service is an important piece of the sustainable process we’ve carefully crafted.

Upcycling as a service fits in seamlessly within our suite of sustainable services. These include everything from sorting and cleaning used garments to repairing, recycling, and de-branding quality pieces that can be reintroduced into the sales cycle. All of this is done innovatively and purposefully.



No matter how durable a garment is created to be, every wearable piece eventually reaches the end of its usable life. Unfortunately, many of these garments are simply discarded into landfills. This is a choice that’s not only wasteful in terms of textile resources but harmful to the environment overall.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 11.3 million tons of textiles were dumped into landfills in 2018 alone. This accounts for nearly 8% of all municipal solid waste left in landfills over a 12-month timeframe.


At Tersus Solutions, we’re using upcycling as a service to combat these grim statistics. Our goal is to keep garments out of landfills and hanging on sales racks once again instead. Upcycling allows us to access the value in a used garment and transform its parts into something usable and new. For landfills, this is one less item to contain. For the environment and those who are in the textile industry, it’s an enormous win.



Our upcycling as a service process is designed to be straightforward but still allow for plenty of creativity to be infused by our talented team along the way! It all starts when brands send us garments that have been deemed unusable in their current condition.



At Tersus Solutions, circular shopping isn’t just an abstract concept. For us, it’s a way of life!

The importance of participating in sustainable fashion practices is more relevant than ever before. Our team stands firmly on a foundation of sustainable services designed to keep clothing out of landfills.


We’re just as proud to partner with innovative leaders in the textile world to close the loop for their brand’s textile circularity goals. We regularly sort, clean, repair, upcycle, debrand, and recycle garments that come our way. The goal is to give them a second chance at life in the closets of mindful consumers. Our recommerce (reverse commerce) program plays a vital role in sustainable fashion practices within our suite of services. Recommerce as a service is a highly successful strategy and is carried out for our brand partners on their site or on our RND2 recommerce platform every single day!



At Tersus Solutions, we view recommerce as a circular shopping service. . It begins when brands enlist Tersus for the dirty work - cleaning.

Our brand partners send in their returns to undergo inspection and determine the next course to get the garment back in action. Some of these garments come in well-loved. Others have simply run their stylish course and can no longer grace the racks of brand-name establishments. Either way, they’re readily accepted.


Next, those same garments receive some TLC. That falls to a dedicated team of repair experts and enthusiastic upcycling professionals.

Gear and apparel are attended to until they resemble their original quality standards once again. Once we’ve refurbished items to an acceptable resale level, they hit the market either on the brand’s recommerce site or on RND2’s online store.


The beauty of recommerce as a service is its comprehensive nature. Reverse commerce is a strategy that promotes sustainable fashion practices. At Tersus, it all happens under one roof, making the production process efficient and friendly to the environment too. It’s a strategy that supports sustainable fashion practices.



A whopping 84% of all clothing ends up in landfills. A good portion of that bulk ends up in incinerators. These numbers are detrimental for the planet and the air we all breathe as well. At Tersus Solutions, we love recommerce for its role in giving garments a second chance at life. Any time the lifespan of clothing can be doubled or even tripled, it’s a win for fashion and the environment.


Repairing a well-loved garment for a second go-around in a closet reduces the impact of textile waste on the earth. Restoring out-of-fashion garments into pieces that are loved once again reduces pollution stemming from incinerators across the nation and world.



There’s a financial benefit to recommerce as a service that consumers shouldn’t ignore. Investing in refurbished garments offers the potential of significant savings as compared to buying first-fashion pieces. Any time savings and sustainable fashion collide, it’s a good thing!



Taking sustainable textile practices to the next level is what we’re all about at Tersus Solutions. Whether we’re repairing clothingor designing an upcycled piecee to re-enter circulation, the goal of environmentally friendly fashion is always at the top of our to-do list.

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