Today I bring you kind of a heavy topic, but it’s one I really would like to talk about. As a consumer and someone who works with textiles, it’s a subject I think about a lot. I’m referring to textile industry, of course.
Unfair wages and tough working conditions for textile workers, overconsumption, chemical pollution and waste are some of the problems that textile industry is currently facing.
While it seems like a huge issue to tackle, the truth is we do have an influence on what’s going on as consumers, through our buying decisions. And as people become more aware of this, more companies are looking for solutions to the problem, and more and more projects appear in the fashion landscape, presenting alternatives to this broken model.
One of them, which I’ve recently discovered online, is Zero Waste Daniel, a company founded by Daniel Silverstein, a New York based clothing designer, in 2016.
ZWD describes the company’s zero waste philosophy like this:
“Textile pollution is a growing problem in the fashion industry. The Council for Textile Recycling says that more than 70 pounds of textiles per US citizen are going in to landfills annually, that means over 21 BILLION pounds this year alone. At Daniel’s studio, fabric waste is kept to zero. Pattern making techniques, appliqués, tiled mosaics and embellishments absorb one hundred percent of the textile goods that are brought into the studio and ZWD takes factory scraps and turns them into new goods.
[…] Zero waste is the goal of both the garments and the studio. We use recycled and recyclable materials in our shipping, packaging and office materials as well as a zero waste mindset in every day company life, eliminating trash wherever possible.”
Learn more about ZWD and check out the video below.
Is this something your care about too? Do you know other companies, who are tackling this problem? Share your ideas on the comments below.
Talk to you soon!
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