The scale of textile waste in eThekwini is underestimated and undermines sustainable business and city management. Wastage results from the production process (fabric offcuts) and the international dumping of clothing on the shores of Durban (a consequence of over-consumption and fast-fashion trends). These clothes are picked up by resellers for the second-hand, thrift markets and charity shops.
Designing Out Waste is a project that brings together stakeholders, including academics and young creatives, to raise awareness of the social and environmental impacts of textile waste in eThekwini and to explore ways of redesigning and recreating textile fabric. The project raises awareness of the waste crisis and promotes creative collaboration as a means of addressing this crisis. Textile waste is collected, sorted, redesigned and repurposed into reusable items, giving the materials longer or new life.
The project demonstrates the value of the creative arts in managing waste and the importance of collaborations.
What has been achieved
Alignment with IUDF
Government: eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Clothing and Textile Cluster
Academia: Durban University of Technology (DUT)
Business: Fine artists, fashion designers
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