Reverse Logistics and textile recycling provider Debrand is heading east with the opening a new headquarters in Surrey to provide state-of-the-art textile sortation services as demand for the company’s industry-leading innovations continue to grow.
Debrand’s mission is to help world-class fashion and retail brands elevate their sustainability strategy by extracting as much value as possible from the planet’s finite resources.
The new 21,000-square-foot facility is the first of its kind in Canada, and just one of a few in North America providing advanced sortation technology for textile reuse, recycling, and recovery.
“This marks an important milestone that will help us pave the way for new and existing brands who count on us to help them meet their sustainability goals by incorporating circular textile business practices,” said Amelia Eleiter, CEO and Co-founder at Debrand.
“We will continue to deliver seamless operations and quality service to our clients with the hope that this new facility will bring even greater success and opportunities to their business, our planet, and the industry as a whole.”
It is estimated that 92 million tons of textile waste is sent to landfills every year.
Sorting textiles for reuse and recycling is a big challenge. Since most sorting is done manually, it comes at a very high cost with low revenue opportunity if any at all, which is why many apparel and footwear brands opt to ship textile waste to international landfills.
“The new facility will expand our business exponentially by allowing us to take in new customers, solution partners, larger volumes, and trial more recycling and reuse pilots,” said Eleiter. “We have been pioneers in this space and have led the charge in North America, but plan on moving the needle globally.”
The facility will house cutting-edge textile sortation technology and equipment, which will enable sortation at scale with increased capacity and capabilities.
Last year, Debrand received a strategic investment from WM, North America’s largest environmental solutions provider. It was the first strategic investment made by WM in textile recycling.
Among Debrand’s impressive customer list includes Lululemon Athletica, Canada Goose, Aritzia, Kit and Ace, Bravado and Everlane.