The textile and clothing sector is one of the most polluting value chains across the world. Fashion has become cheaper and seasonal collections are changing ever faster. Cheap and low-quality materials have shortened the actual time of usage and reduced the value of textile waste. Some garments are actually worn only 7-10 times before they are trashed. Cheap bulk production results in tons of unused, unsold and wasted clothes. In Amsterdam, 14,000 tons of textiles gets disposed  annually. One-third gets collected and reused as clothing, while remaining ends in residual waste streams, reused as a resource or incinerated. Textile collected through underground and above ground containers too often gets polluted with residual or organic waste, and as such inappropriate for reuse. 

Textile Waste collection center, Amsterdam

With the belief that ‘waste is not waste until you waste it’, the works wants to promote a collective understanding of the unseen value of trashed textile resources.

Through storytelling, collective making, the use of new technologies and by working with resources saved from incineration, the final products wants to demonstrate their value and showcase strategies that could bring a cultural change around the concept of circularity.

The chosen resources are: jeans waste and mohair waste.
The collaboration with Cooloo and the access to their ecological coating techniques allowed for the pieces to be coated with jeans and mohair dust waste.

Returning’ – with jeans waste
Returning’ detail – with jeans waste
Returning’ detail – with mohair waste
Mohair stages – from waste to final piece – detail

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