It is all about the supply chain for “fast fashion”. How do we reverse the new resources to “trash” cycle? Upcycle, of course! Is it easy? No. Is it worth the effort? Yes! We must reverse the wasteful supply chain from raw materials into textiles that will ultimately go into landfills. Throwing mor textiles into landfills creates harmful greenhouse gases. The solution will be a combination of behavior change (slow fashion movement) and creative reverse-engineering to keep textiles out of our local landfills.
From the article:
“People don’t want to spend much money on textiles anymore, but poor-quality garments don’t last,” Simone Haslinger explains. “A small amount might be recycled as cleaning rags, but the rest ends up in landfills, where it degrades and releases carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. Also, there isn’t much arable land anymore for cotton fields, as we also have to produce food for a growing population.”
in.gredients is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood grocer and beer garden located in Austin, TX. Over the last four-and-a-half years of doing business, we’ve established ourselves as a cornerstone of the community, leading by example in zero waste, local sourcing and civic engagement. In that same period, the cost of doing business has risen dramatically, threatening our continued existence.
Please stop by for sustainable shopping and stay for a cold drink on the porch—this is one of the best front porches in Austin!
I think the business model was forward-thinking and if the founder had focused more on production than salacious advertising and creating a toxic work environment—AA might still be a viable concern.
Made in America and ethical production are important and should be promoted. I just wish this brand had a better outcome.
According to the EPA, about 84 percent of all US clothing is thrown away rather than recycled or reused. Like other organic materials, cotton and wool produce greenhouse gases while they biodegrade. And like other petroleum products, synthetic fabrics just don’t biodegrade — at least not for hundreds of years. There are many ways to shop ethically, with thrifting at the top of the list.
From the article concerning behavior change/buying habits:
Gabby McNamara, president of ReUSE, a campus materials exchange program, said another way students can be more sustainable in their choices is through thrift shopping.
She added that her dream would be to open a store that recycles fabrics into new clothes, but this is a relatively uncommon practice because it’s expensive and time intensive. She she hopes one day this will become an easier and more widespread practice.
Up-Fuse | Plastic Upcycling into cool, functional accessories
Up-Fuse is a social enterprise, based in Cairo, that promotes a sustainable and eco-conscious lifestyle.
Up-fuse was founded in 2013 by Rania Rafie and Yara Yassin in Berlin, Germany. Both Egyptian product designers are crazy about traveling and sustainability, so they decided to use their passion for design and their aversion of over-consumption to come up with a holistic approach that supports local communities, while raising environmental awareness and decreasing waste; turning challenges into opportunities.
They had me at #couture & #upcycling! Viktor & Rolf have just made me ecstatic with their stunning upcycled ball gown collection! Taking pieces of old and damaged gowns—they created magic!
From the article:
.. the designers were inspired by Kintsugi, a type of Japanese pottery where broken pieces are repaired and dusted with gold or silver to show that imperfections are valorized. It’s the second chapter of the duo’s recycling saga, since for last season’s show they reimagined pieces from their archives and turned them into recycled glory.
#CoutureCollage is my next big word to promote upcycling!
re:down is a company I can get behind! They recycle down to go back into clothing! For years, this process had been too difficult with little return on investment.
From the article—
Washing the down requires a lot of water and energy. For this reason, the factory in Hungary was built in a location where water springs up from the ground at a temperature of 38 degrees. “We thus use less energy and spare additional costs,” says Firmann.
Does recycling down really help? TreeHugger has a good overview of how recycling down would help consumers make more ethical decisions.
By transforming the perception of recycled down, moving it from a position of being less desirable into a position of being ethical and eco-friendly—brands like Re:Down, Nau, and Ternua are changing the way we think about upcycled textiles. If we can accept that wearing a material that might have covered someone else’s sleeping body isn’t degrading, but rather desirable and responsible, one wonders what other materials can be de-stigmatized. Maybe it can help us see more materials as worthy of recycling.