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Eliminating denim textile waste through upcycling

April 2021
Gallery UseDem 1
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UseDem gives materials a chance to live again. By reusing and reshaping old jeans, UseDem fights the textile industry’s pollution. It sources used jeans from individuals, brands and event discarded jeans or fabric from factories and then upcycle them into unique, beautiful and marketable products. Bags and accessories are made in partnership with Home Sweet Home, who operate their factory on the outskirts of Shanghai. They are also a not-for profit organisation which provides training and employment for Chinese people with special needs or disabilities. By bringing new life to old materials, this solution is helping to reduce waste and emissions.

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Label Date April 23, 2021
By UseDem
From China (Mainland)
Maturity stage Medium and large scale commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding

The environmental benefits

  • Saves 3,780 litres of water by reusing old materials instead of new ones
  • Saves 33 kg of CO2 emission during its life cycle

The Financial benefits

  • By using inventory for the new production, customer saves about 30% of the cost after upcycling
  • 40% cheaper than mainstream alternatives

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Company Profile


UseDem is a denim upcycle project. We are the first industrial denim upcycling brand in China. UseDem aims to eliminate textile waste.

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Headquarters Huangpu, China, 200021

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Impact Hub Shanghai

The world’s largest network focused on building entrepreneurial communities for impact at scale — home to innovators, dreamers and entrepreneurs who are creating tangible solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

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