Upcycle of fabrics
Upcycle of fabrics or creative reuse of fabrics is a process by which the byproducts, waste materials, useless or unwanted fabrics are transformed into new and superior products having better quality and utility. These upcycled fabrics are also environment friendly or have better environment value.
The main aim of upcycling of fabrics is to thwart wasting of potentially useful materials and to use them for further use. Associated with the regenerative design culture for sustainable living, the concept was first outlined by Gunter Pauli in 1998, though using a different term- up sizing that included all usable materials.
By upcycling the waste fabrics and its derivatives newer and efficient products having value can be created and offered for use by the consumers. The process when adopted by industries in a significant manner would lead to lesser demand on raw materials used to manufacture the fabrics and save on energy uses and cleaner and greener environment.
The yarns recovered from the discarded fabrics are used to make low impact and high value yarn to make all types of fashion, accessory and home textile products of substance.
Recycling and upcycling of fabrics can appreciably help us to conserve our natural resources and make the environment significantly free from the harmful effects of indiscriminate disposal of the used fabrics and their derivatives. There is a greater need to vigorously promote the concepts of both recycling and upcycling of fabrics by lobbying the governments and policy makers.
A sustainable and regenerative culture oriented socio-economic social system is extremely advantageous for all the citizens of earth.