1. Collecting old garments and leftovers
Old garments and leftovers (which mean 17% of any clothing production) aren’t trash anymore. They are a valuable material to create new clothes.
We chop the old garments and leftovers and cut them into tiny pieces.
Fundació Maresme, a non-profit Foundation employing people with disabilities, sorts the recyclable pieces of the used garments.
4. Stripping and shredding
We then shred every piece into smaller particles to obtain a very short fiber that breaks easily.
To make it strong, we spin those weak fibers together with sustainable ones such as Tencel, new organic cotton or recylced PET and we create new yarn.
The yarn is strong enough to be knitted and develop high quality fabrics.
7. Design and manufacture
We can convert that fabric into anything we want: tees, sweaters, boxers, dresses… There are no limits and the result is great. You’d never say any of these garments were made out of old ones, they look brand new!
— It empowers the circular economy
Circular economy is a model to put an end to the “throw-away and replace” culture we live in. We humans take, make and dispose non-stop, and this simply can’t work long-term. Operating a circular economy is like imitating the biological cycle, where waste becomes a resource to make new stuff, just as the dying plants turn into nutrients when they decompose, helping new plants to grow.
Imagine the goods of today becoming the resources of tomorrow and brands making products out of their waste whereby no resources have been lost in its production. That’s circular economy. Awesome, isn’t it?
— It reduces the use of natural resources
By using recycled materials, Trash uses 80% less water than a conventional collection.
— It uses less dyes
20% of industrial water pollution globally is attributable to the dyeing and treatment of textiles. Trash is made with old garments of different colors. By blending their fibers, we obtain a magical mixture of colors from past collections and no dying (or very little) is needed.
When you feel your Thinking MU garment is ready to leave your wardrobe, don’t throw it away. It can be part of the Trash project too! If you send us you old garments we will give them a second life as part of our new collections. Leave us your e-mail and we will send you all the info:
Carrer Lepant 264 7ºA
08013 Barcelona (Spain)
Special partner of this project