Upcycling is a process that enables to circulate the leftover materials back to the production with the help of design and by doing so significantly reduce environmental impacts.
Reet Aus PhD doctoral thesis (Trash to Trend - Using Upcycling in Fashion Design) opens the possibilities of implementing upcycling in fashion industry and mass production. This led to creating the community platform for the upcycling designers called Trash to Trend.
Since 2012 Reet Aus has been cooperating with Beximco - one of the biggest apparel manufacturer in Bangladesh. The collections have been made by implementing upcycling in early stages of the mass production process. This has improved effectiveness and reduced environmental impacts - each item produced in this way uses on average 70% less water and 88% less energy compared to regular product. Production line performing the upcycling method was Upmade certified in December 2014. Beximco is a member of ILO (International Labour Organisation), meaning they are regularly audited for employees working conditions, salary levels and social guarantees.
Reet Aus is Senior Researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She is also active as costume designer for theatre and film.
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Listed as one of the Top 20 Women in Business by the Nordic Business Report (2015)
Runner-up at European Business Awards for the Environment (2014)
Woman of the Year (BPW Estonia 2014)
Notable Young Estonian ( TOYP Estonia 2014)
Environmentally Friendly Company (Ministry of the Environment 2013)
Entrepreneur of the Year of the Civic Society (NENO 2013)
Woman of the Year (Magazine Anne & Stiil 2013)
Motor of Fashion (2009)
Natalie Mei Costume Designer Award (2007)
Estonian Theatre Award (2006)
Cultural Award of the Republic of Estonia (2004)
Small Needle (2003)