OLD DENIM GETS NEW LIFE-Recycle, Reuse & Reduce
Mar 30, 2020 GKFTII
As a fashion designer, your main career objective is to develop and create various pieces of apparel. The ethical designers ensure that designs are addressing the issues of landfill and over-consumerism. Moreover, the brands also should create experiences that encourage social and environmental change.
Sustainability isn’t just about the textiles that are used. It’s about where an item is manufactured and how the people who make it are impacted during that process.Each company, each designer, each individual has to look into their own heart and soul and decide how to transform our way of working and our approach to design in the existing fashion industry. There is already so much production. There are so many clothes, and the reality is that people throw away so much of their clothing.
Approximately two-thirds of clothing materials are sent to landfills, making it the fastest growing component of waste in the household waste stream. As of 2009, textiles disposed of in landfill sites have raised from 7% to 30% within the last five years.
According to an ABC News report, charities keep approximately 10% of all the donated clothing received. These clothes tend to be good quality, fashionable, and high valued fabrics that can easily be sold in charities’ thrift shops. Charities sell the other 90% of the clothing donations to textile recycling firms.
Textile recycling firms process about 70% of the donated clothing into industrial items such as rags or cleaning cloths, However, 20-25% of the second-handclothing is sold into an international market, Where possible, used jeans collected from America, for example, are sold to low-income customers in Africa for modest prices, yet most end up in landfill as the average US sized customer is several sizes bigger than the global average.
Used and old denims can be diverted from the landfill and given a new life by recycling it into many useful applications.
Old denims can be recycled into insulation materials used for homes, offices, hotels etc. These insulation materials are made up of 85% factory scraps consisting of cotton fibers, and natural denim. The insulation material made out of these scraps is 100% recyclable. It provides outstanding thermal virtues and 30% better sound absorption comparatively over similar sound proof materials. Approximately 300 tons of waste denim generally used for landfill can be transformed into insulation material. 500 pair of jeans can completely insulate one home.
Denim apparels have become an inevitable part of every individual’s wardrobe. Old and used denims can be creatively recycled into unimaginable, creative, and useful products. Denim is a prime fabric for recycling. Shaped with a little creativity craft items made from old denims give an instant flair, and style for a minimum or almost no cost..
Cutting off the old jeans or short and adding laces give a new twist to old denims.
Legs of the old jeans will make wonderful wine bags.
Cutting the good parts of denims into squares and sewing them together makes an excellent quilts.
Apart from this used denim fabrics also make appealing purses, pillows, aprons, pot holders, place mats, and many more.
Another great way of personalizing old jeans is recycling them into sandals.
They make soft, springy shoes making a perfect accessory for both eco warriors, and funky fashionistas. These sandals have good foot support.
Levi Strauss & Co. has recently launched a $100,000 denim insulation fund to reuse unwanted denim while keeping it out of landfills. Denim is a staple in nearly every ones wardrobe, but it shouldn’t be a staple in our landfills, said Jill Nash, vice president of corporate affairs, Levi Strauss & Co. By encouraging our consumers to donate unwanted jeans and then promoting recycled denim as insulation in buildings, we can green our communities from the inside out and extend the lifecycle of every pair of jeans.
Increase in population has driven the demand for consumer goods, which ultimately results in more quantities of landfills. This is not only depleting the available natural resources, but is also deteriorating the environment.
Recycled denims are adorable for a number of reasons. It is basically made from post industrial denim fabrics, which is scrap. Furthermore the energy spent in recycling old materials is lesser comparatively over the energy spent in converting raw materials into products.
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Recycled denims are a great and creative way to dress up while going ones contribution to the environment as well. Recycled products have the lowest carbon footprint. Recycling and reusing products is the need of the hour. So it’s time to recycle, reuse, and reduce carbon footprints.