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Scottish Designers Launch Zero Waste Couture Collections

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Scottish Designers Launch Zero Waste Couture Collections

Scottish Designers Launch Zero Waste Couture Collections
March 17
10:42 2016

A former Miss Scotland modelled specially created fashion collections in Glasgow earlier this week, in an effort to remind people of the value of clothing and to encourage greater levels of upcycling in Scottish society.

Modelling high fashion collections aimed at challenging perceptions of textile waste, Nicola Mimnagh posed in the window of the Salvation Army Trading Company’s flagship store in Dumbarton Road (above).

With designs created by two Scottish designers who transformed unwanted clothing donated to the charity, the ranges included a combination of clothing and accessories.

Lynn Wilson, textiles manager at Zero Waste Scotland, said: ‘All textiles have a value and can be used again and again. Clothing should never be put in the general waste bin and I believe our talented designers have proved with this chic collection, inspired by the Salvation Army, that there’s an inherent value in clothing – and if you’re finished with it, someone else can use it!’

Designer Aimee Kent added: ‘I found inspiration for my collection in the architectural facades of the Salvation Army Trading Company’s headquarters in New York, as well as retro Salvation Army logos and graphic artwork.

‘Using inspiration from the art deco features, I created hand-drawn artwork which was then transformed into repeat patterns and placement prints. All of the garments, panelling and embroidered details are inspired by the symmetrical geometric art deco structures.’

The average Scottish household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes but wears only 70 percent of that each year, most commonly because it no longer fits.

Recent research from the Love Your Clothes campaign found that 65% of women in Scotland claim they will attempt to mend or fix an item in order to wear it again.

The Salvation Army Trading Company is one of the largest clothing recyclers in the UK, with 52 charity shops in Scotland as well as thousands of recycling banks. Each year they receive around 30,000 tonnes of donated textiles in the UK, which helps raise funds for the charity’s work with vulnerable people.

www.zerowastescotland.org.uk

 

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