what we do
Two Lives was founded in 2019 in London by creatives Niklas Vila Karpe and Tina Lilienthal with the aim to address the vast amount of waste being created by the fashion industry, which today is the world’s second largest polluter. According to Fashion Revolution an estimated 92 million tons of textile waste is created annually, and every second the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned globally. Having seen wasteful practices first hand at factories worldwide it is our mission to give textile waste a second life by reusing and upcycling textile leftovers, reprocessing unsold stock, and eliminating deadstock.
why we do it
Because we care. We believe that existing systems are no longer fit for purpose as they were designed for a retail reality that no longer exists. We need to think of supply as something dynamic, responsive, and variable rather than static and create a circular approach. Upcycling textile waste reduces the impact on the environment making the manufacturing process more sustainable. We are turning waste into a commodity by remaking it into beautiful, high-quality products.
how we do it
Together with our partner factory in Portugal we utilise existing materials and turn them into new products adding value to previously discarded materials. We manufacture using renewable energy and have ethical, social, and environmental compliance certifications.
We help big corporates and small brands to achieve their sustainability goals whether this means reaching their net zero carbon targets or turning their unsold t-shirts into brand new designs and products.
UK Research & Innovation Business Support
We are extremely excited and proud to start working with UKRI, the UK innovation agency’s resource for innovative high-potential businesses […]
two lives LAB pop up shop
Pop by our first Pop Up shop! This June we will launch two lives LAB – we want to share […]
Best Gaming Merch Of 2022
According to Kotaku our upcycled merch collection for Devolver has made it onto the Best Gaming Merch Of 2022 list. […]
ESF APPG – Extended Producer Responsibility
In November we spent a very insightful morning at UK Parliament to participate in a discussion about Extended Producer Responsibility organised […]
Accelerator to Net Zero
Onwards and upwards – we have been selected for the Accelerator to Net Zero by Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership […]
two lives in Apparel Insider
The apparel market is at a crossroads. Brands know that there is an urgency to reduce their environmental impact and […]
two lives X Asquith Collaboration
We have partnered with Asquith London to create a sweatshirt made from 100% upcycled deadstock textiles. Containing 100% cotton and […]
Innovating for Growth
We have been selected for the Innovating for Growth accelerator by the British Library! Together with 17 other high-growth businesses […]
Be Part of the Cycle
Upcycling is more than just a trend. To give an old t-shirt a second life: That’s what upcycling is about. […]