Designers awarded funding to help reduce textile waste from fashion industry

Five Scottish designers with fantastic ideas to create more sustainable clothing and accessories have been announced as the successful applicants for funding from Zero Waste Scotland at the Scottish Textile and Leather Association’s annual conference today (Thursday 26 March).  

26 Mar 15

Zero Waste Scotland’s circular economy fund for textile and apparel designers is the first of its kind in Scotland, and will help the designers adopt new innovative methods for a more circular economy, where materials are kept in  high -value use for as long as possible, rather than being used once and discarded.

Ideas proposed by the successful designers include plans for a transformable accessory which can be used as a scarf, hood or bag; shoes made from wild Scottish deer skin (which would otherwise go to waste); and a new repair and recycle service for cycling clothing.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“I congratulate the five Scottish designers who have been successful in applying for support through our circular economy textiles fund.  It was a challenging field, with some great applications, and the five successful designers have submitted unique and exciting suggestions for more sustainable fashion, which uses resources in a much smarter way.

“Scotland’s textile industry has a long and proud history. We know from recent research that the industry is well placed to make the most of the transition to a circular economy, but that there are currently no truly circular textiles products or services in Scotland.

“Zero Waste Scotland is on hand to help the industry to take advantage of the opportunities that a circular economy offers, and this funding aims to encourage designers to do just this.  The projects we’ve announced we’ll be funding are all great examples of how the sector can grow sustainably, and I look forward to seeing them progress.”

The five projects which will receive funding are:

  • Allenomis, Glasgow – Capsule collection of luxury women’s wear garments addressing modularity, zero waste pattern design, design for durability and the use of recycled or waste materials.  The garments will be transformable and suitable for different climates.
  • Diggory Brown, Uist – Design of a range of practical workwear garments and accessories made from Yarnover wool, a by-product from Uist Wool’s spinning mill.
  • Risotto, Glasgow – Production of closed loop garments, including a 100% recyclable polyester fabric and a system where customers will be incentivised to return goods after use.
  • Route Clothing, Glasgow – Development and trial of a new system inviting customers to return cycling clothing for repair or recycling; and the development of a zero waste natural fibre cycling cap and jacket pattern.
  • Sword Maclean, Glasgow/Uist – Luxury fashion and lifestyle start-up brand made entirely in Scotland, using materials including Scottish deer skin, a by-product of deer management, and Hebridean black sheep wool which is spun on refurbished vintage machinery.
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