Do you think about where your clothing comes from, and what do you do with your unwanted garments?
Along with a team of designers and an Operations Manager, Jennifer has been looking at alternative manufacturing processes that are both transparent to the customer, and wholly sustainable.
While many of us turn to organic cotton as a means of addressing issues of waste, it turns out that it may not be as sustainable as we’ve been led to believe. For instance, it takes 2,720 litres of water to produce one organic T-shirt, which is the equivalent of the amount of water that we consume over a three-year period. It definitely makes you think twice…
Space Between designers are working with a zero-waste policy that involves up-cycling discontinued uniforms from companies such as; New Zealand Post and Kiwi Bank and creating wearable garments that appeal to a fashion and eco-conscious customer.
Each item is produced on-demand, so as not to replicate the current system of mass production.
Was I convinced of the design process, and would I wear up-cycled clothing? The answer is, yes! I was particularly impressed with the work of designer, Tory Lemming, a recent fashion graduate who was cleverly reconstructing layers of shirting.
The design process challenges traditional methods of construction and pushes designers to think outside the box to make garments that are modern, affordable and without any waste whatsoever.
To find out more about Space Between, listen to my interview for Radio New Zealand National (on the player below) where I talk to the team about the challenges of producing clothing from existing garments, and making the process sustainable from start to finish.
Images sourced from Space Between.