Turning Textile Waste Into Fashion

Did you know that the average textile factory throws away over 60,000 lbs. of usable textile waste every year?

I know, I almost fell over. But EcoTerra ran a wonderful article on textile waste August 2, and it really opened my eyes up to just how wasteful large textile factories really are. Even Treehugger reports that most design patters generate about 15% waste in the fabric that’s used.

Even  green materials, like bamboo and hemp, can generate textile waste. Much of the time, this extra fabric is simply thrown away instead of being reused or transformed into something else. This makes it a little less green than we thought.

This is why I’m so excited about some designers who are boasting zero-waste fashion. These designers are using incredibly smart patterns to eliminate the waste in their designs.

Mark Lui is one of them. His Zero Waste collection is incredible. He cuts his fabric in creative ways so that the waste can be turned into unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are gorgeous. I couldn’t snag any of the images off his site, so you’ll have to go there yourself to see what he’s doing. But, it’s worth the trip.

Reuse Your Own Fabric Scraps

We can take this idea to heart in our own lives. There are many creative ways to reuse fabric scraps.

For instance, check out this awesome garland from Design Mom.

Image Courtesy DesignMom.com

She made that herself out of fabric she had lying about the house. How cool is that?

If you want to make one of these yourself, she has complete instructions on her site.

You can also turn fabric scraps into quilts, cool rugs, chair pads…anything you can imagine.

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