Supporting LA's Innovators
SUSTAINABILITY, ONE BAG AT A TIME
Rewilder, a sustainable woman and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI)-owned company, was recently selected to provide their upcycled bags to the Ninth Summit of Americas in Los Angeles, which reflected the summit’s theme of “Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future.” The start-up company is receiving resources from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), one of several incubators in the City of LA that EWDD administers and provides financial support through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).
The U.S. Department of State hosted the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California in June 2022, which was attended by world leaders from North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. This summit’s theme focused on responding to Earth’s most pressing issues, including the climate crisis and a lack of equitable access to opportunities.
Every year, LACI guides more than sixty companies towards meeting the challenges of building local climate resilience by providing startups with expert business coaches, networking events, and connecting them to funding resources to grow their businesses. One such LACI supported start-up is Rewilder, which aims to stop the 11 million tons of textiles that are landfilled globally by identifying, diverting, and upcycling waste materials in their supply chain.
Founded by Jennifer Silbert (above left) and Stephanie Choi (above right), Rewilder was selected as a local example for the Ninth Summit’s message through their provision of American-made upcycled swag bags. Delivered from Rewilder’s headquarters in Los Angeles’ City Council District 10 and in partnership with the environmentally conscious business Clove & Twine, guests of the summit received a gift of sustainable goods, including Rewilder’s custom backpack, upcycled from airbags and seatbelts sourced from factory end rolls trashed during airbag production.
Each airbag backpack diverts the equivalent CO2 from the landfill as planting six trees, driving 300 miles in a passenger car, or charging a smartphone every night for 49 years. Owners Jennifer and Stephanie leveraged an existing relationship with LA Metro to repurpose vintage Los Angeles metro tokens for the bag’s zipper pulls on each of the 1,125 backpacks produced and distributed at the summit.
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