It is an unarguable fact that too many textile products are going to landfill, in fact Circular states that the UK alone annually produces 206.456 tonnes of textile waste. The cradle-to-grave system now causes a massive misuse of our natural resources.
As Dresscode moves ever closer to a circular economy, the current aim is to focus on the products end life. We already make quality items that have proven to last daily usage year on year and use materials such as wool which is recyclable, but we believe we can do more. Dresscode will be working with organisations such as Dress for Success and Choice textiles to ensure that it is as much a pleasure to discard a Dresscode garment as it is to own and wear one; free from guilt and knowing that the garments will have another chance of life.
Here’s a little information about why we have chosen these organisations (See below links to their websites for more information):
The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. According to Dress for Success “Nearly half (48%) of women say they don’t feel very confident at work right now”; this is something that doesn’t sit well at Dresscode, as we believe that every individual should feel comfortable and confident in their workplace.
Choice textile is a recycling company in London diverting 10000's of tones away from landfills and rehoming these items. They have worked closely with charity shops for over 20 years, some of these include Barnardo’s and RSPCA.
In addition to this, it must be noted that there have been some exciting developments into the recycling of textile products. According to the Guardian a start up in Australia has been testing creating raw recycled materials from textile products and that they feel comfortable to commercialise the process. Although still at early stages they have received the funding they need to build the plant. The process developed by BlockTexx and QUT researchers aim for this first plant to recycle approximately 10,000 tonnes a year by the end of 2022.
We’re always interested to hear of innovative ideas, anything else? Let us know.