Sustainable Clothing produced by UoN students

Written by on November 11, 2019

Fashion students at the University of Northampton have created a line of clothing that’s made entirely from fabric offcuts originally destined for landfill.

The waste fabric donated to the University – Courtesy of UON

Scottish tartan manufacturer Lochcarron of Scotland donated 150kg of selvedge (the self-finished edge of fabric) offcuts to final year students on the University’s Fashion, Textiles for Fashion and Footwear & Accessories courses.

Using the material the undergraduates designed and made pieces, and they came up with some stunning results, including gloves, jackets, waistcoats and more.

Fashion student, Amy White, created a full-length ‘space suit’ with the offcuts.

Fashion student Amy White with her ‘space suit’. – Courtesy of UON

She said: “This was a completely new way of working for me, using waste materials. It meant that I had to contend with a limited amount of fabric, which was all of different types rather than a uniform batch…It was also really time-consuming to produce the suit because I had to stitch row upon row of selvedge together. The main point is I have made something people can wear with material that would have otherwise gone to landfill.”

The global fashion industry is under pressure to improve its record on sustainability and it’s hoped projects like this could be an alternative to landfill.

The collections have drawn praise from Margaret Bates, who is a global expert on waste. The Professor of Sustainable Wastes Management at the University of Northampton, said: “It’s really great to see how our students can buck the trend of fast fashion and design such beautiful alternatives to landfill. The level of commitment and imagination is truly inspiring.”

The University’s Fashion department has a growing reputation in the field of sustainability.

In June, Textiles for Fashion student, Radka Blazickova received national acclaim for her collection that was made entirely from plastic bottles.

By Robert Mullane

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