Carhartt Reworked Keeps Previously Worn and Slightly Imperfect Gear out of Landfills

Carhartt has built a reputation for building durable gear made from the highest quality materials. Now, Carhartt, “America’s premium workwear brand,” has partnered with Trove to launch a new resale program called Carhartt Reworked. Intended to extend the life of workwear, the program will help reduce clothing waste and keep previously worn and slightly imperfect gear out of landfills.

Carhartt Reworked
This new initiative may not seem like a big deal, but the Carhartt Reworked program is actually the first branded resale site in the workwear industry. I was surprised to read that the other day and am glad that, at a minimum, we finally have one major company that has taken the lead. Hopefully, many others will follow.

As Gretchen R. Valade, Director of Sustainability at Carhartt, notes:

‘Carhartt Reworked’ is an extension of our commitment to deliver the durability and reliability that hardworking people know and love, while reducing our environmental footprint. With the help of Trove’s expertise in circular business and recommerce, we’re able to keep Carhartt products in use longer, out of landfills and in the hands of people who need it.

Carhartt Reworked Keeps Previously Worn and Slightly Imperfect Gear out of Landfills
The name Carhartt Reworked is no accident since it does exactly as the name suggests. The program takes previously worn or slightly imperfect gear that still has some life left in it and “reworks” the item. The “new” reworked pieces are then passed along to people who can put them to good use.

Carhartt Reworked Keeps Previously Worn and Slightly Imperfect Gear out of Landfills

The program has two main sources of “stock.” There are items sent to the company as part of its consumer trade-in program, and there are items that were either returned or are imperfect. Here’s how the program describes each.

  • Consumer Trade-In: The reworked program will accept trade-ins of select Carhartt products that meet the requirements. All accepted products must meet condition standards, must be less than 10 years old, and are required to have had an original MSRP cost of $50 or more. The product categories include outerwear, shirt jacs, bibs, and overalls, hoodies, sweatshirts, and pants. For those who bring eligible gear to participating Carhartt stores, the customer can exchange their gear for a digital gift card, which can be used on,, or at any Carhartt Company Store. Any gear not eligible for trade-in will be properly recycled or donated to keep fabric out of landfills.
  • Returns/Imperfect Inventory: Depending on the garment’s condition, the product will either be immediately available for resale, cleaned, repaired, and reassessed or be removed from circulation and recycled.

Carhartt Reworked products are available for purchase starting March 1st. The trade-in program will pilot in six stores across the U.S. before expanding to all Carhartt retail locations in 2023. It is also worth noting that, as the program evolves, trade-ins will be available via online mail-in.

Great workwear at a discounted price, AND you get to help the planet a bit? That sounds like a win to me.

Click here to learn more about Carhartt Reworked; if you try the program, let us know what you think!

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Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

1 Comment on "Carhartt Reworked Keeps Previously Worn and Slightly Imperfect Gear out of Landfills"

  1. Love this idea. Carhartt makes a great product.

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