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Zero waste:

  • Definition: A design technique that eliminates textile waste at the design stage.
  • Requirements: you must submit a photo and information about the source and type of textiles used. If you use zero-waste pattern cutting or draping technique, you are required to provide your pattern/s and exact measurements of textiles used.
  • Textile selection: you may use any type of textile, including waste or non-waste. Preference will be shown for sustainable textiles.

Upcycling:

  • Definition: The process of converting waste materials or useless products into materials or products of higher quality or value.
  • Requirements: you need to submit photographic documentation and provide info about the type and source of the textile waste used.
  • Textile selection: you may use any type of textile waste for upcycling.

Reconstruction:

  • Definition: the process of making new clothes from previously worn outfits or preformed finished products.
  • Requirements: you need to submit photographic documentation and provide information about the type and source of the results waste used.
  • Textile selection: you must use textile waste for reconstruction

The following types may be used:

  • clothing samples: samples from the design and production of clothing
  • Finished clothing waste: unsold finished clothing waste that has not yet been worn
  • Secondhand clothing
  • A combination of the above

Natural and organic fabrics or fibers:

  • Definition: Fibers that consist of animal and /or plant fibers e.g. Wool or cotton
  • Organic: fibers that have been grown without the use of toxic insecticides, fungicides or herbicides. e.g organic cotton, hemp, wool, silks.

Materials with recycled content:

  • Definition: Recycled content products are made from materials that would otherwise have been discarded either during the manufacturing process (pre-consumer) or at the end of service life (post-consumer).
  • Requirements: You need to submit photographic documentation of what the material(s) was/were before being recycled into their new form.
  • Textile selection: you may use any type of recycled material content e.g. rPET {recycled polyester made from used plastic bottles} or fabrics made from recycled yarns.

Note there is a difference between recycled content and upcycling.

Recycling means to turn waste into a reusable product or to refurbish a product for reuse. Examples of products with recycled content include recycled PET plastic in Woolworths bottles and packaging, Unilever’s Sunlight bottle, the Emico Navy Chair, Isotherm roof insulation, Extruwood furniture, paving surfaces that incorporate rubber from old tires.

Upcycling involves turning waste material or an unwanted product into a better-quality product. Upcycling projects involve creative ways of using old products and materials e.g jewelry made from zippers, bags made from crocheted strips of plastic grocery bag.