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Our Mission

We give textile waste a chance to realize its wildest dreams of a new life with you. Fun and functional, we strive to let these fabrics free. Why let them mope around in a landfill?

owner story

   Our Story   

Cooking and baking are big parts of our family life. When I tried to find sustainable children's aprons that my daughters and I would both love I was disappointed by the options. I wanted something environmentally friendly, without ties that always seem to come undone, and that looked fashionable without sacrificing function. I finally decided to create my own and Park + Coop was born.


As product design began I thought about how much fabric waste was headed to landfills and what a shame it was that we couldn't just use that for our aprons. And then I thought, "why can't we"? So we did.


I wanted to make sure that our aprons were beautiful, modern, and functional for today's family so I asked my sister, Amyliz, to lend her cool Brooklyn vibe to our designs. Brooklyn design meets Minnesota maker! As we started brainstorming we thought of all sorts of products we could make and creative ways to use the leftover scrap. Let's make a tea towel! Let's make napkins! How about a market bag? That's when Park + Coop really dialed into its mission to reduce fabric waste through the manufacture of premium, well-designed products for home, kids, and life. 


We hope you'll climb onboard, let the wind blow through your hair, and join us for the ride.

Carmen Olsen 

crafting and painting

Our Process

Turning waste into beauty

We start by sourcing previously worn apparel like skirts and jeans that couldn’t find a home on the post-consumer market. These waste materials are often destined for downcycling into items like rags or being shipped overseas, 40% of which find their way into an overseas landfill.


We rescue these fabrics and bring them home to our shop in Minnesota, USA. We wash and sanitize the clothing before cutting and sewing the pieces into something beautiful and fun. We do our best to salvage all the usable parts of a garment and to find responsible outlets for the unusable fabric scraps. Typically, we're able to reuse over 70% of most garments. And when we do use new fabric for a product we source deadstock fabric, shopping locally whenever possible to reduce shipments.

We're not claiming to be perfect.  And you don't have to be either. We all just need to take a chance and ask "why not set our silverware on top of those mom jeans?"

Day in the life of a jean...

Other Sustainable Practices

In addition to our core business being based on 100% upcycled products we also:

  • Ship 100% of shipments using recyclable materials, keep shipping materials to minimum required, and ship with no plastic

  • Recycle at all our workspaces

  • Source 99% materials and supplies (hardware, cotton straps, office supplies) domestically to reduce carbon footprint and support domestic companies

  • We use no animal products for anything

  • Source 100% textiles where production is done to reduce carbon footprint

  • Design and manufacture in-house and pay employees a living wage

  • Produce long-lasting, quality pieces to extend the life of the textiles as much as possible

Recycle Disposable Cutlery

Did You Know?

conserve water

Up to 1800 gallons of water is used to produce one pair of jeans

landfill waste

11 million tons of textiles go to landfills each year

clothing donations

84% donated clothing goes to the landfill or incinerator


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