revive: to restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state
Hello! Welcome to Revive.
I started Revive in January 2020 after learning about the environmental and social costs of fast fashion. I had stumbled upon a book review for Fashionopolis and fell down the rabbit hole from there, researching the negative consequences of fast fashion and what we can do as individuals to make a positive impact.
The answer was secondhand shopping. This is the most sustainable way for us to shop. Did you know that it takes 700 gallons of water to make just ONE new t-shirt? And if everyone bought just one used item instead of new in a year then we would save 25 BILLION gallons of water. That's the equivalent of 1.25B showers. Whoa.
Not only does supporting fast fashion negatively impact our environment, but what about the people who work in the factories to make the clothes? It's not good. If you think we have come a long way since the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy in 1911, spoiler alert: we have not. In fact very recently in 2013 there was one of the worst garment factory tragedies in our history that took place in Bangladesh, killing over 1000 factory workers due to poor working conditions and collapse of the building.
I was naive to all this before. Taking the easy route and turning a blind eye but now I knew too much and couldn't not do something. So I made the pledge to shop only secondhand and then Revive was born.
I chose to focus on premium athletic wear because those are the clothes I know well and love. I offer only premium brands and very gently used items. Each piece is carefully inspected and washed in Defunkify detergent, an eco-friendly detergent specifically for athletic wear, before being sold.
So welcome to this community of change makers, it's so nice to have you! My hope is to provide a platform of education and empowerment. We can all make little changes that make a big difference. So join me and the other revivalists in this movement and keep spreading the word. Don't ever underestimate your power to change the world.