Sustainable Waste Apparel Management
Every year, people discard vast quantities of apparel. In North America alone, Value Village estimates that people discard as much as 12 billion kilograms of textile yearly. While this fact may be startling, it is not difficult to understand why. Hundreds of fashion chains are selling cheap and trendy outfits making it easy to buy and discard.
Social media has also created a kind of peer pressure where people don’t want to be seen in the same outfit twice. With such pressure and a never-ending supply of cheap, fashionable attire, overconsumption has become the result.
Even after donating to charities, a large part of the castoffs ends up in landfills. But just like two sides of a coin, a few startups in Canada have seen the opportunities in textile waste.
Nudnik: A Kids’ Fashion Line
Nudnik is a line of kids’ clothing founded by twin sisters Lindsay and Alexandra Lorusso. The two ladies are not new to waste, having been raised up by a father who owned a waste management company, Wasteco. From waste apparel, Nudnik makes children clothing like pants and T-shirts. To add value, they add interesting designs onto the clothing through silk-screening. The pair gets waste apparel directly from the source helped by the connections that they have built in waste management.
Alexandra and Lindsay are driven by a desire for sustainability which is important for the environment. Through upcycling, Nudnik creates clothing items with a higher value that the original ones.
Borrow-ing an Outfit
Ever wondered where to take all those designer outfits you bought for a single event? The chances are that the outfits are somewhere in a closet gathering dust. Designer clothing is expensive but usually reserved for very few occasions. Natalie Festa saw and exploited this niche with great success. Natalie runs Boro, a business that rents out unique designer clothing to fashion followers. Fashionistas on a budget or those looking for eco-friendly outfits are the target, according to the founder.
Natalie says that her clientele includes social media stars looking to portray different looks. With Boro, they don’t have to buy the expensive outfits. Items like Chanel purses and sequined dresses are available from Boro at a modest fee.
Natalie also recruits lenders looking to get some income from their designer clothes. She normally charges $80 for four days, and the lenders earn half of this amount.
In the current market, most of the clothes produced under fair trade rules are very expensive. Those that are affordable are not as fashionable. Peoples Product is a company that has bridged this gap. The company was founded by Eva Parrell and her partner Chelsea Mazur. The aim of Peoples Product is to supply fashionable clothes to people who are aware of the impact that their purchasing decisions have in their lives.
While starting out, Eva wanted her company to offer a living wage to workers, producing sustainable and lasting clothing items that were pocket-friendly. Her company continues to enjoy success, having made sales in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
Champions of Sustainability
The three startups are an indicator that sustainable fashion is a growing trend. While we don’t expect the companies to edge out established stores, the seed has been planted. Looking at the bigger picture, the three companies are helping to push sustainability to a new level. The environment is obviously the largest beneficiary. What could have ended as rubbish gets converted into an item of value. Besides, money from the sales, the companies help to create jobs.
Clearabee Saving the Landfills
Waste management continues to be a hot topic across the world. Everywhere you go, people are being encouraged to recycle and reuse. The three startups are an example of how rubbish can be converted into valuable products, potentially helping to reduce landfills.
Being one of the leaders in waste management, Clearabee is one of the companies committed to reducing landfills. Clearabee is a rubbish clearance company in the UK offering on-demand rubbish clearance services across the country. The company was founded by Daniel Long in 2012, operating in Birmingham. Today, Clearabee serves the whole of UK, leaving happy clients and positive reviews.
An Elaborate Process
Clearabee ensures that rubbish removal follows all waste disposal rules. The company understands that environmental protection is crucial for sustainability. This is why they have different rubbish clearance methods designed for varying amounts of waste.
If you have small amounts of waste, the company has a Beebag. After you fill the Beebag, you can arrange with the rubbish removal company to take it away. However, if you have items that you need to keep for a long time, you may consider placing the filled Beebag in a safe place. Heavier items that may be awkward carrying might require the Man & Van services.
Commitment to Recycling
Waste apparel is a common feature among household waste. Clearabee is committed to recycling. The rubbish clearance company ensures that by the time they deliver waste to Waste Transfer Stations, every recyclable item has been identified. If it is waste apparel, Clearabee technicians will sort it and determine whether it can be upcycled or recycled. The sorted and categorized waste apparel can then be used by companies like Nudnik and Boro to make clothing items.
The rubbish clearance company also ensures that all waste disposal locations have valid licenses. This helps clients know that the waste is being handled safely. Besides this, the rubbish clearance company does not subcontract any clearance. They do it themselves. This helps them to track waste, right from collecting it, to the disposal point. This commitment by Clearabee has helped it divert over 90% of waste from landfills, thus contributing to efforts to protect the environment.
With increased calls for sustainable fashion, rubbish clearance companies could partner with sustainable fashion companies to help reduce landfills. More people are buying more clothes nowadays than in the past. The waste apparel, together with other items, is continually being dumped in landfills. However, if more sustainable fashion companies sprung up, perhaps we could have a significant reduction in the carbon footprint across the globe.
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