Every year the Earth produces billions of tons of natural resources And at some point in the not too distant future it will be depleted and if we do not make significant and rapid changes we will see a continuous rise in global temperatures, melting glaciers, burning continents and rapid deforestation.
The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global global pollution and is one of the most polluting. The environmental impact is produced through four components: the water that is consumed, the materials that are used (and disposed of), the use and disposal of chemicals with potentially harmful effects, and the expenditure of energy.
However, over the years, many Argentine and international designers, became aware of the impact caused by the fashion industry and chose for starting on the path of sustainability and recycling for the manufacture of each of its garments.
But what is upcycling? It is the use of waste or existing objects that were out of use, to make new products of better quality and appearance.
“The upcycling is a sustainable creative resource that adds more value to discarded items; this action transforms the “garbage” into potentially marketable products: can be done by changing and adding a personal touch to the design, improving the quality of the material or fixing a disused object ”, explains designer Jessica Pullo, creator of BIOTICO.
This discipline consists of reimagining and redesigning uses of existing products and materials to turn them into something new. In this way, the useful life of the waste or object is lengthened, new articles are created and the consumption of raw materials is reduced. “The ideal of this concept is to give a second chance to the items destined for the garbage in a different way, aiming at a better result than the original one”, points out Pullo.
In fashion, this system contributes to the disposal of millions of kilos of textile waste, although most of it is recyclable, 85% ends up in landfills. Fast fashion companies are major contributors to these problems, as their main purpose is to produce cheap clothing in large quantities and most with poor working conditions.
“Upcycling helps the environment and offers economic benefits; By reusing materials, great savings can be made when purchasing supplies for business or personal use. If we want to live a sustainable life, we need slow fashion clothing options and upcycling is a possible solution, as it implements a circular economy model, where resources are used for as long as possible, obtaining more value while they are in use, to later restore and reuse them when we stop using them ”, concluded Jessica Pullo.
How to upcycling at home
“Upcycling has endless possibilities and techniques, the key is to investigate and see which one they are interested in trying or which one they feel more comfortable with to start with,” he suggests to Infobae, Agustina dos Santos Claro from UpcyclingU + 1.
– What kinds of materials can be used to give life to new garments?
– The possibilities to give life to a garment They are endless, and in many cases you only need a scissors, thread, needle and creativity. There are a variety of materials that can be used and many can be found in our homes. For example, beads, beads, sequins and studs, various ribbons (we always have some in storage, which come as bag handles or on garment hang tags and we keep them. Now is a good time to use them), paint for fabrics or anilines, embroidered patches, lace, lace and fabrics.
– Any ideas so that you can practice upcycling in a simple way?
– I suggest differentiating into two categories: one where the garment is intervened with different techniques, but the shape of this and another where scissors and a lot of imagination are already used to change is not altered completely the garment.
Garments can be intervened:
1) Painting, if they have fabric paint, it’s simple and fun. In addition, it is an activity in which the little ones can participate.
2) Applying studs, they come in many forms, some are glued with heat, others are sewn, etc.
3) Embroidering with threads or with beads, beads and sequins.
4) Dyeing completely or with a knotting technique to achieve some batik. They can use anilines for dyeing or research on sustainable ways of dyeing.
5) With embroidered patches, some are applied with the iron others have to be sewn, but it is a simple way to give life and attitude to any garment.
6) The lace, ribbons or lace applied in details on the garment, such as the cuffs or hems can give a differential touch to a basic garment.
For those who dare they can completely transform garments just by cutting them, for example:
1) A long loose dress, you can cut it and transform it into two pieces, a top and a skirt.
2) They can grab a men’s shirt and transform it into a dress, a blouse, or even a skirt.
3) Or something simpler for those who do not dare to something very complex. They can grab a basic men’s or women’s T-shirt and try cutting it. Take off the sleeves, shorten the length, etc.