The fashion industry is in fact one of the biggest contributors to waste, with an estimate 92million tons of textile waste produced every year. The zero-waste fashion, like all other zero-waste philosophies is all about reusing, upcycling and eliminating waste wherever possible.
It can be divided into post- and pre-consumer zero waste fashion. With post-consumer, this has to do with thrifting and shopping second-hand, which many of us do already! However, pre-consumer zero-waste fashion has to do with the way in which the clothing is designed before it is even bought. This can be accomplished via use of recycled materials or using patterns designed in such a way that there is no textile waste!
This is an important aspect of the Fayma philosophy. Our powerful, easy-to-use technology creates individualised patterns through handmade tailoring. This means you get an ideal pattern, just for you, thereby reducing a lot of waste. Zero-waste pattern design involves fitting all the flat pieces of your clothing pattern like a jigsaw puzzle so no fabric is wasted. Considering that roughly 15 percent of the fabric is discarded when a typical garment is made, opting to reduce textile waste can make a huge environmental impact. Our unique design technology not only creates the perfect pattern, but we also include detailed instructions on sewing and placing the pattern on the fabric, to ensure minimal fabric waste!
The zero-waste fashion philosophy doesn’t just help the environment, it helps us as consumers and designers to become innovative as well! Upcycling, which involves using pre-existing clothing, accessories and other items to create new, exciting garments is the perfect example of this. We can push the boundaries and innovate, creating new forms, shapes and styles by simply restructuring older garments in unexpected ways. Think of old sweaters being unravelled and using the yarn to create new ones, or scraps of fabric waste from car interiors being used to make handbags.
The sky is the limit when it comes to zero-waste fashion and we’ve actually been doing it for some time now! Think about every time you go thrifting for new clothes, or throughout history when women created new outfits from old ones during war time! Even classic hobbies like knitting and quilting can be zero-waste endeavours depending on your source material.
These days, it’s important to make responsible, ethical, eco-friendly choices when it comes to our consumption. Look for ways to incorporate zero-waste fashion into your daily life—the Earth will thank you!