Textile landfill is waste material that is deemed unusable for its original purpose by the owner. Waste textiles from the textile industry are created during fibre, textile and clothing production. It's as simple as cutting from a cloth and discarding the unused pieces that are still perfect to use.
A report from MacArthur reveals that:
less than 1% of material used to make clothing is recycled into new clothing.
the estimated cost to the UK economy of landfilling clothing and household textiles each year is about £82m.
a truckload of clothing is wasted every second across the world.
the average number of times a garment is worn before it ceases to be used has decreased by 36% in 15 years.
Although I had seen textile waste first hand from my industry experience, the above stats still shocked me.
I knew that I wanted oya to be mindful in it's production and that I wanted the goods to be of quality, not quantity so that they will be loved for longer. With only 1% of waste material used to make new goods, I knew there was so much perfectly good textiles out there being unused and heading for landfill. So I began to research more into it, reaching out to British manufacturers to obtain the pieces of fabric they didn't want.
I love this way of designing, as you have to work with what you've got. It challenges me to look at the material and think what can I make from this? Rather than wastefully designing, cutting the pattern from the material and discarding the unused textile.
We are working on some products that will utilise unused textiles so keep your eyes peeled. We hope you will love them as much as we do!
Thanks for reading :)