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WANT TO SELL YOUR PRODUCTS AT BEYOND RETRO?

Posted on October 17 2016


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Going forward we’re on a mission to move our entire new product range to items made from recycled or upcycled materials. Do you have a product with a recycled, upcycled or reclaimed element that you would like to sell at Beyond Retro? We want to hear from you!

THE IDEA

This year we’ve decided to launch a new initiative to expand our sustainable message and product offering. As many of you eagle-eyed shoppers will know, we currently offer a range of vintage inspired new products in-store and online alongside our classic vintage and upcycled LABEL garms. Going forward we’re on a mission to move our entire new product range to items made from recycled or upcycled materials. This is an exciting new initiative and we invite you to come along on the journey with us. Our aim is simple - we want to bring our customers affordable and high quality products sourced with intent and care. It’s not going to happen overnight, but we’re excited to see where this idea will take us!

HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?

With this in mind, we want to hear from you. Yes, YOU! We are asking our customers and our community for submissions from brilliant and innovative ideas. Do you have a product with a recycled, upcycled or reclaimed element that you would like to sell at Beyond Retro? Or perhaps you have an idea for something that you think we'll love? As ever, we’re approaching this with an open mind, so if you want to be part of creating this story with us then have a look below and get in touch!

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OUR ECO STORY

Beyond Retro was started almost fifteen years ago with the aim of building a more sustainable world. In the years since, we’ve been lucky enough to emerge as the biggest vintage retailer in the UK and Sweden, and we owe it to you - fabulous and loyal customers!

Although there’s no denying that we adore lurex blouses and 90’s bomber jackets, what really goes to the heart of our company is a desire to combat the worrying trend of fast-fashion that’s taking such a huge toll on our world. To put it simply, we’re all using far too much stuff and this needs to change.

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All of the clothes on our shop floor or website are handpicked from all over the world by our expert pickers. These pickers sort through 93 million pounds of clothing every year - that’s over 60 Olympic swimming pools worth of material! From this, we buy roughly 22,000 kilos every month, with the money going towards good causes. As for all the stuff that you guys didn’t love enough to take home, well that either gets donated to charity or sold in bulk. So in short - everything goes back into the system one way or another.

And did we stop there? Of course not! We realised that only 1 out of every 1000 items that we were sorting through was making it to our vintage department. We found ourselves in a pickle - how do we save more garments from landfill? Launched in 2012, Beyond Retro LABEL is a collection that is entirely custom-made from re-worked vintage pieces and fabrics. In a world of throwaway fashion, LABEL is a new and ethical approach to producing amazing and unique clothing. We design and make over 100,000 LABEL items each year, saving an unbelievable 600,000 items from landfill!

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

PLEASE PROVIDE:

- Full Name
- 150 words or less about you, your views on sustainability, and your brand/design techniques
- Links to your social media profiles and online stores
- A portfolio or up to 10 images of your work that you would like to resell at Beyond Retro
- Your brand name
- Send submissions to sustainability@beyondretro.com

We're so excited to see your new ideas and continue our journey towards a waste-free world. Good luck!

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