Upscaling fashion

Instead of working with new and shiny fabrics, Paulina Palian seeks out the old and the discarded  She has established herself as a nurturer and modeler of second hand clothes. During the Forest Hill Fashion Week she led a workshop were people could up-cycle their own unusable clothes. We spoke to them as they got heavy handed with some scissors and needle and thread….

How our clothing consumption affects the environment

A person living in an average UK household spends about $ 1700 pounds a year on clothing. But we only hang on to about 21 per cent of the clothes we buy every year. The other 79 per cent is taking a different path. So what happens to the pieces that don’t make the cut? In…

UK Fashion House seeks to alleviate poverty

It was Oliver Wayman’s mother who first discovered the crochet technique that creates the chain mail effect, which explains how these classic bags can be made from recycled ring pulls. The technique originated in Brazil and these bags are one of the core products of the Bottletop Fashion Company, a fashion house with a difference….

The Green Designers at London Fashion Week 2013

The Think Green Fashion team attended London Fashion Week and sought out some  of the designers working in an ethical and sustainable way. Four designers Pachacuti, Hellen Van Rees, Ruda and Liora Lassalle show case their work and explain what green fashion means to them.

HIV positive Zimbabwean women design eco-bags from rubbish

The bags are colourful and beautifully crafted. It’s hard to believe that these bags have been made from recycled plastic bags that have come from a rubbish dump in Harare, Zimbabwe and that no dyes have been used. Peta Searle, a local woman is selling these bags at a Saturday flea market in Harare on…

Christmas Advent Tip #21

When the wine has been drunk put those bottles to another good use! A flattened wine bottle as a cheese board…. Have a green Christmas!

Following the recycled clothes from Camden to Zimbabwe

Don’t bin unwanted clothing because many livelihoods in Africa depend on the textile recycling trade- though not without controversy. On a recent visit to Zimbabwe I visited the vast indoor clothing market in Mbare. Situated in one of Harare’s high-density suburbs, it is the city’s major second hand clothing market. The market is bustling and…

The middle men in the clothes recycling trade

“Over the years, we’ve had dead swans, dead dogs, Chinese take-aways and even a dead body left in our recycling textile bins, says Ross Barry, the managing director of LM Barry, a small family run business that acts as one of the middle men in the textile recycling trade. His father set up the business…

Cloths to wear, that clean the air

Helen Storey, Professor at London College of Fashion, started working on sustainable fashion almost 20 years ago, before the term even existed.  In 1994, when she was a commercial fashion designer, she set up a line called “Second Life”. “Second Life” did what is now known as up-cycling which basically means turning old clothes into…

UniquEco Design: cleaning up after you

Recycling flip flops helps clean Africa’s Oceans and produces Arts and Fashion Ever lost a Flip Flop in the water or at the beach? Yes! Ever thought about what might happen to it afterwards? Perhaps. Should you? Definitely. Flip Flops are made out of rubber, foam, plastic, leather, suede, or even fabric. These materials create…

Levi’s makes jeans with recycled bottles

Levi’s have just introduced a denim collection named Waste<Less, which will include up to 20 percent recycled content. Each Waste<Less product will contain about eight half litre bottles per pair of jeans. They will use over 3.5 million recycled bottles for the new designs, which they are collecting with the help of recycling programs across…