What is Upcycled Fabrics and What Should We Do With It?
The fast fashion industry produces clothes on an unprecedented scale. Whether it is a new trend collection or a re-production of a bestselling garment, textile mills and large garment companies often find themselves with rolls of leftover fabrics after huge production runs.
Known as deadstock fabric, there are several causes that lead to this textile waste. Causes include anything from overestimating the amount of fabric needed to wrong colours, damage to the fabric or even mistakes in cutting the fabric during production. These fabrics can sit in storage or warehouses for weeks or even months before they are shipped off to be disposed in a landfill somewhere.
Upcycling fabrics consists in recycling materials that have fallen out of use in order to turn them into higher quality or more useful products.
Why Clothing Labels (and Consumers) Should Pay Attention to Leftover Fabric
All fashion designers and the labels they work for dream of creating and crafting a hit design that draws the eye on the fashion stage. However, many designers and companies are unaware of the scale of textile waste and overall negative impact on the environment caused by fashion production.
Smaller clothing labels can push for sustainable fashion and help to reduce the amount of textile waste in landfills by using deadstock fabric to create their garments. Making use of deadstock fabric is a great way to give designer choice fabrics a second chance at life and get a hold of fabrics used by high end labels which may not typically be available.
Why Should You Buy Clothes Crafted From Upcycled Fabric
While repurposing leftover fabric is all well and good, some people find it difficult to buy clothes knowing that it has been made from what is perceived as “dead stock” fabric. Here is why you shouldn’t see it that way.
Upcycled Fabrics are Truly Exclusive
Because the availability of deadstock fabric is limited and smaller in nature, designers and labels often have less total material to work with. This means smaller production runs and a very limited quantity of the design you like. So, if you can’t stand the thought of seeing someone wearing the same dress as you in public, upcycled fabrics garments are a safe bet.
Upcycled Fabrics are Designed with Creativity and Love
Mass produced clothing is designed in such a way to save time, effort and money during the manufacturing process. This leaves little room for creativity or room for intricate, eye-catching design.
Clothes produced from left over fabric challenge designers in terms creating unique pieces out of existing fabric. The result is a garment with a lot more thought and care put into the design compared to mass-produced clothing.
Upcycled Fabrics are Good for the Earth
Sourcing for and wearing clothes made from deadstock fabric is an eco-friendly move that signifies your dedication and support for sustainable fashion. By doing so, you help reduce fabric waste and stop our landfills from filling up.
So the next time you go shopping for new clothes, start thinking about where your fabric comes from and how its production process impacts the environment. Buy from clothing labels who support sustainable fashionpractices by repurposing deadstock fabric and source for eco-friendly materials.
Little Match Girl purchases over-ordered fabric from luxury brand warehouses and uses natural fabrics like Tencel, linen, modal and recycled cotton to create all our clothes. Our timeless designs help you wear your clothes for longer, so you can look good while doing your part to support sustainable fashion.
Shop our collection here for your next piece crafted from upcycled fabrics.