Check Out the World's First Mass-Produced, Upcycled Clothing Line

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Photo: Reet Aus
Photo: Reet Aus

In the past, creating upcycled clothing from discarded materials often meant making one-off designs, frequently by hand.

Thanks to Reet Aus, an Estonian fashion designer, upcycling no longer needs to be constrained to unique pieces of clothing. Aus has developed a method for taking post-production fabric scraps and using them on a large scale to make her newest line of clothing, for which she is currently taking orders from retail buyers. These items are made using 70 percent less water and 64 percent less energy per garment than typical manufactured clothing and create 40% less production waste. Click through to see a selection of clothing from Aus’ new line.

  • upcyclingfan

    LOOPTWORKS has been doing this for years! Check them out at http://www.looptworks.com

  • Jos Cozijnsen Goodfibrations

    Great example of trash into fashion, from waste to waiste! We are interested!
    I have a Question about the Bangladesh fashion company of Beximco; I can’t find any info of the social aspects (wage, safety etc); is needed to make it ethical fashion even/especially if you use its waste.
    Thanks!

    • Madao_san

      You can be certain any time your dealing with a Bangladeshi manufacturer there are unfair labor practices. It is a matter of economics and the way we conduct the RMG market, more so than the government; not that they are not part of the problem. The issue is holistic stemming from purchasers unwilling to pay more and third parties undercutting everyone else. Why not buy american, there are plenty of manufacturers here capable of doing this kind of work.

  • Ash

    The pants in 8 and 9 totally look like an upside down shirt