Creating high quality utility products from repurposed materials
2021 SEED Low Carbon Award Waste Management Bengaluru, India

Rimagined reuses materials transforming them into bags and accessories, furnishings and home linen, and apparel. Their customers include retail buyers, corporations and enterprises working towards zero waste. They train and employ people from lower economic strata to handcraft their range of products.

They have more than 1,000 B2C end consumers and B2B bulk buyers from the Indian market and international markets, including US, UK, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, Sri Lanka and Japan.

Eco-inclusive Impacts

Rimagined trains and employs local people from lower economic strata, creating livelihoods in rural areas and mitigating urban migration. They have also avoided around 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This equates to $34,400,000 value of social cost avoided for the country.
  • Training and employing locals (especially young women) from lower economic strata
  • Mitigating urban migration by providing livelihoods in rural areas
  • Creating direct employment for 22 people and indirect employment for 12, most of them with no previous job
  • Repurposing materials: 15,000 pairs of jeans, 250 kg fabric, 5,000 kg wood, 1,000 kg yarn, 350kg glass as raw materials (2021)
  • Avoiding about 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions by rerouting waste


  • Producing an average income for employees of INR 20,000 per month
  • Avoiding social cost value of $34,400,000 ($86 per ton of CO2 for India)




This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

KIIT-TBI under the INVENT program of TDB, India provides incubation support for. They received seed funding under the program.

RangSutra provides fabric waste and trained cluster of handloom weavers to create the Rimagined woollen and cotton rugs range.

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