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So you’re spending the time to make well-considered, sustainable apparel purchases. But how do you ensure long lives for those pieces? How do you implement responsible washing/drying care? 

In our first workshop, we discussed basic clothing care that saves water and energy, as well as your wardrobe. We covered rejuvenating the waterproofing on your outerwear with the least harm to the environment, quick repairs you can do at home, warrantying an item, and recycling opportunities. 

Lead Presenters: Taylor Hill, Nau Wholesale Sales + Marketing Coordinator and Michelle Flores, The Renewal Workshop Director of Sales + Merchandising. 

We were live streaming on Facebook during the event and posted the live video to our YouTube page as well.


Highlights to skip to:

    • 11:00 stain removal.
    • 4:19 washing tips.
    • 11:00 stain removal.
    • 20:03 alterations, down, and DWR treatments.
    • 38:40 pilling and repair. 
    • 48:08 The Renewal Workshop + recycling and donating. 

Click HERE for our infographic handout from the workshop.   

We also wanted to follow up with a couple of product suggestions that help reduce microplastic waste: 

If you'd like to attend or learn more about upcoming workshops 2 & 3, please scroll below. 

—Must RSVP to Attend—

Workshop 2 – Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

Date: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Nau Portland Store 
304 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209


One of the most important contributions of sustainable fashion is the opportunity for you to invest in fewer, better-quality pieces that last longer and transcend trends. The result is a minimalist wardrobe that feels good every time you look into your uncluttered closet. In this workshop, sustainable fashion stylist Jess Carpenter @jesswithless will show you how to assemble your own sustainable capsule collection to transition from Summer into Fall, complete with accessories and footwear. We’ll supply you with a recycled notebook to jot down all the tips and provide you with an in-event special flash sale to kick off your wardrobe with a fresh key style.

Workshop 3 – New Beginnings: Upcycling Project 

Date: Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Nau Portland Store 
304 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209


So you do your best to wear your pieces as long as they will last before recycling them. But what if you took it a step further and upcycled it into something “new” again? In this session, The Renewal Workshop will walk you through an upcycling project that turns an old garment into something new. Don’t have one that’s ready for the upcycle? No problem, we’ve got some for you to work with, and we’ll also supply you with all the materials you’ll need to complete your project.



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