Zero Waste Scotland

Two Scottish designers launched Zero Waste fashion collections in Glasgow on 15 March 2016 as part of an ACR+ member Zero Waste Scotland project to promote the value of textile waste. Aimee Kent and Black Cherry were selected for a paid residency with Studio Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS)’s Love your Clothes campaign in December 2015, selecting 150 kilogrammes of garments each from five tonnes donated from Salvation Army. The two designers then spent the next 12 weeks transforming the unwanted garments into two new fashion collections with increased value.

The designers estimate the new ranges to be worth at least £4,000 each. An expert fashion panel will now appraise the collections and deliver their professional valuations on how much the newly created pieces are worth. The collections will then be sold with proceeds shared between the designers and the Salvation Army.

According to ZWS, garments in the UK have an average estimated lifespan of two years and three months. Moreover, the average Scottish household owns around £4,000-worth of clothes, but wear only 70% of that each year, most commonly because it no longer fits. Research from the Love Your Clothes campaign found that 65% of women in Scotland would attempt to mend or fix an item so that they can wear it again, although only 19% will fix an item before donating it to charity. The project was carried out in partnership with the Salvation Army Trading Company, which receives around 30,000 tonnes of donated textiles in the UK every year, which are sold in charity shops to raise funds for the charity’s work.

More information can be found at the Love Your Clothes campaign website


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