- 10:03 pm - Mon, Feb 25, 2013
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Repurposed cardboard, y’all.
See also: The prom dress a high school student made from cardboard and paper bags and her previous year’s prom dress made from soda pop tabs.
Additional proof that you can make clothes from, well, just about anything? Check out these items made from Golden books, book pages, computer wires, shirt collars, t-shirts, dry cleaner bags, a parachute, bicycle tire inner tubes, Starburst candy wrappers, plastic shower curtains, and a FEMA tarp. Whew!
(Cardboard dress photo via Strode College. I doubt that a wearer could sit down in this dress, but still, cool repurposing!)
- 8:07 am - Tue, Feb 12, 2013
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Latex (kitchen/cleaning) gloves turned into jewelry, by Min-Ji Cho.
(spotted on comeunagazzaladra)
Another example — a glove-necklace made by Margherita Marchioni — can be found here.
- 9:43 am - Wed, Feb 6, 2013
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Momo Wang’s Third-Hand UpCycle Collection is a brilliantly colorful example of what can be achieved with reusing found materials in fashion. Inspired by the “third hand” idea of French philosopher Derrida, Wang told Texprint of the 12-piece collection, “They were all made in my hometown Jinzhou in China. I bought all the clothes and materials from local second-hand markets there. The market is very cool.”
Wang finds upcycling to be a creative challenge: “The basic idea is to do what I can to refresh, renew, re-animate precious second-hand materials, and eventually deliver the beauty in them by my realization, and eventually have more and more people doing the same, or at least thinking similarly,” she says.
(via Momo Wang’s Third Hand Upcycled Collection: Inspired by Derrida · Eco-Chick)
- 6:22 pm - Sat, Dec 8, 2012
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H&M to encourage shoppers to recycle unwanted clothes … while rewarding them with discounts on purchases of new clothing?
From the Los Angeles Times:
Fast fashion retailer H&M wants your old clothes.
The Swedish clothier is rolling out a global initiative to encourage its shoppers to recycle unwanted outfits instead of throwing them in the trash, H&M said in a statement Thursday.
"Every year, tons of textiles are thrown out with domestic waste and end up in landfill. As much as 95% of these clothes could be used again; re-worn, reused or recycled — depending on the state of the garment," H&M said.
H&M will accept clothing from any brand in any condition (now might be a good time to bring out the stained sweatshirts and dozens of cotton T-shirts). In return, the retailer will give shoppers vouchers for future H&M purchases (thereby providing fodder for future recycling trips). All H&M stores will start accepting used clothing in February.
This may help the retail giant to counter criticism that the rise of H&M and other fast fashion retailers such as Forever 21 has fueled shoppers, especially young ones, to treat clothing as disposable goods that can be chucked after wearing an outfit two or three times.
H&M is partnering with recycling company I:Collect, which will take the clothes to a sorting facility in Germany. There, the clothes will either be separated for re-use as apparel or sent on its way for a second life as rags, stuffing, padding and other purposes.
The retailer said its long-term goal is to “reduce the environmental impact of garments throughout the lifecycle.”
More in H&M’s press release here.
[Side note: Many of you might recall that H&M came under fire a couple of years ago for destroying and discarding unworn/unsold clothing.]
Related: Earlier this year, UK retailer Marks & Spencer launched a recycled clothing initiative, a.k.a. “shwopping,” meant to reduce the amount of clothing going to landfill. Items — any brands’ merchandise — dropped in M&S in-store drop boxes either get resold through Oxfam, or are repurposed or recycled. M&S recently announced the program will expand beyond its stores: clothing collection boxes will be available at some workplaces. M&S gives customers vouchers redeemable for discounts on future purchases.
Also: Clothing manufacturer Patagonia also accepts worn clothing — its own products — and provides drop boxes in stores. Through the company’s “Common Threads” program, some used Patagonia merchandise can be resold via eBay; items that are no longer wearable are recycled or repurposed.
What do you think about such clothing-collection initiatives? As a part of these programs, should customers be offered incentives, e.g., vouchers, to buy new clothes, or should they even be offered anything in return for their participation?
- 10:43 am - Sat, Nov 17, 2012
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A while back, we tapped into discussion about “derelict chic” in this post. The underlying issue — precisely how do ideas around reuse relate to ideas around uniqueness or even “luxury” — comes up again via this recent article:
How much would you pay for a handbag made from truck tarpaulins and bottle caps?
Ilaria Venturini Fendi’s “dragon” bags, stitched together from reclaimed wood, PVC, vintage drawer pulls and fabric and leather remnants, sell for as much as $2,200. Her bracelets made from rubber toy tires—inscribed “Before Toy Tyre Now Bracelet”—sell for $320.
What do you think?
More: Carmina Campus: A Fendi Scion Makes Trash Into Handbags - WSJ.com
Earlier Unconsumption mention of Fendi’s work here.
- 9:26 am - Sun, Nov 4, 2012
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Did you enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend? Did you remember to turn back all clocks?!
Pictured: Vintage watches upcycled into a bracelet. Spotted on Pinterest here. Source: mLindvall on Etsy here.
- 1:34 pm - Sat, Oct 13, 2012
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"Would you wear clothing partly made of wasted food?" Interesting question!
London-based designer Hoyan Ip reuses leftovers to create fashionable trimmings, such as buttons, belt buckles, sequins and embellishments in various shapes, sizes and colors.
Called ‘Bio-trimmings’, the wasted food—that was previously-destined to be disposed of—was, instead, dried, cooked, blended and transformed into sustainable products.
More: Designer Turns Wasted Food Into Clothes Buttons, Belt Buckles - DesignTAXI.com
- 2:03 pm - Mon, Oct 8, 2012
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These ceramic badges and pendants are made out of old, neglected porcelain plates (mainly single pieces) found [at] flea markets.
Selected areas are carefully cut out, sanded and glued to a pin. This way old ceramic plates are turned into fashion accessories.
(via mischer’traxler ceramic badges)
- 8:54 am - Fri, Oct 5, 2012
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Colombia-based Vapor Apparel is due to launch a new 100% recycled fabric at the EcoPrint show in Berlin this week. The company, a leader in sustainable high-quality performance fabrics, will use the fabric for a new line called ‘ECO Spin.’ It has a cotton-like feel and is made from reclaimed plastic and furniture found in landfills.
(via A Clothing Line Made From 100% Recycled Trash - PSFK)
- 11:13 am - Fri, Aug 31, 2012
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Apparel maker Looptworks salvages that wasted material, scouring mills and warehouses for excess fabric, thread, and buttons before they get destroyed—and then Looptworks creates.
It’s a model dreamed up by founders Scott Hamlin and Gary Peck, veterans with combined experience from Nike, Adidas and Royal Robbins. Working in the textile industry for over a decade and a half apiece, Hamlin and Peck were witness to all that excess. They determined that in going into business for themselves, goal number one would be simple: they never wanted to create anything new.
That process has resulted in bags made from wind turbine tarps and laptop covers from deep sea diving wetsuit material. They will soon make backpacks, messenger bags and laptop sleeves from banners that were hung at University of Oregon’s Olympics Trials. When a leather manufacturer called Looptworks about finding a use for its remnants—pieces cut away due to blemish and minor scratches—the scraps were cut down and pressed into workable squares. Though some might question just how environmentally sensitive it is to make leather products, Neal says “we really believe that we’d rather see it as a laptop sleeve than see it in a landfill.”
More: Salvaging By Design: Upcycling Fashion Industry Scraps - Design - GOOD
We mentioned Looptworks a couple years back, but it seems they’ve expanded their offerings quite a bit since then.