We can comfortably say that this generation of environmental activists have taken enough master classes on thrifting that one could create a landfill of knowledge.
However, there hasn’t been a massive demand for zero waste fashion just yet, if you take a look at the market or google searches appearing to be a small protest in the making.
Before any of these unique pieces get into the hands of its consumer, there are a few ways zero waste garments are produced.
If a brand is starting from scratch, the main objective is to of course use little to no textile waste in production such as creating pieces around the amount of fabric chosen via the pattern cutting process. Post consumer zero waste is an avant garde word for upcycling such as using thrifted items and textiles that were once looked to be at the end of their life.
Fun Fact: A lot of the donated clothes that go to charities or charity shops are turned into industrial supplies because they can make more of a profit than selling the piece. So who knows if an auto repair man or woman is cleaning a motor of a car with what could have been flipped into an eco empire.
Fortunately, these select labels know that a lonely piece of fabric can learn new tricks. We would hate for you to waste a night out without a few of our favorites:
Zero Waste Daniel
How To Recycle Your Clothing The Proper Way
The Zero Waste Box system is the all-in-one recycling solution from TerraCycle that can be used by everyone to recycle everything.
With their box, pouch, and pallet solutions, it is easy to make a positive impact and reduce what you send to landfill. The Zero Waste Box system is a perfect option for any home, school, or business.
Find out which Zero Waste Box system is right for you with this short quiz.
Order – Select a Zero Waste Box system and place your order. Choose from small, medium, and large boxes, as well as pouch and pallet options for select items.
Collect – Collect the accepted items to fill the box, pouch, or pallet.
Ship – Send it back to TerraCycle! Boxes and pouches ship free with a prepaid return label.
Reorder – Order your next Zero Waste Box system to continue to recycle everything.
Everything collected through the Zero Waste Box system is sorted and processed into raw materials that can be reused instead of being sent to landfill.
- PLASTICS: Plastics are separated by number, melted down, and turned into pellets that can be molded and extruded to produce new products.
- METALS: Metals are separated by type and smelted into ingots for reuse.
- GLASS: Glass is cleaned and sorted by color for processing. It is then crushed and melted to be used in new glass products.
- ORGANICS: Organics are composted or used in industrial and commercial fertilizers.
- FIBERS: Fibers will be hydropulped to separate out wax or plastic coatings. The separated fiber will be recycled into new paper products, or composted if recycling is not possible. Any resulting plastics will be recycled into plastic polymers.
- FABRICS: Textiles are sorted by type and are recycled, upcycled, or reused as appropriate. Textiles of mixed fibers are converted to energy. Natural fiber textiles (cotton) are turned into a “shoddy” or insulation. Synthetic fiber textiles (polyester) are pelletized and made into new plastic products.
- ELECTRONICS: Electronics collected for recycling, also known as e-waste, are mechanically and manually separated into metals and plastics. Salvageable materials are refurbished and reused. All data is wiped, but we advise restoring your device to factory settings before sending it in.
- COOKING OIL: Cooking oil will be consolidated by their brand partner American By-Products Recyclers and turned into biodiesel or mechanical lubricants.
- CIGARETTES: Cigarettes are shredded and separated into plastics, papers, and organics.
- LATEX PAINTS: Latex paint is separated into water and solids, which are then run through an extruder. The water is stripped from the materials as water vapor and the solids are melted and formed into pellets. The pellets can be used as a base for colorants or as additives to other recycled polymers.