Recycling and Upcycling

Recycling and upcycling revision for exam

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  • Created on: 26-01-15 15:48
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  • Recycling and Upcycling
    • Disposal and environmental issues
      • We have to consider whether it is necessary to constantly produce new products which use resources and have an impact on the environment
        • Should designers try to convert our 'throw away society into something more sustainable?
      • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
      • FAD's often effected
        • a fad product= is introduced into a store, quickly rises as a best seller then almost immediately declines and is unlikely to reappear
    • Eco-fashion= refers to stylised clothing using environmentally sensitive fabrics and responible production techniques
    • Recycling= the reuse, manufacturing or reprocessing of  reducing waste.
      • A huge amount of textiles end up in landfill every year in the uk.
      • recycling of whole garments
        • through charity shops or vintage clothes markets
        • reuse of clothing items which have been reworked, printed over or re-cut, to be resold
      • Recycling of materials in amore industrial context
        • Includes the production of recycled yarn where textiles are unravelled and respun into new fibres
        • the reuse of waste textiles as fillings for upholstery or as cleaning wipes for industrial purposes
      • Make,do and mend
        • = extending the useful life of an item or product
          • e.g. by darning some old wool socks  or reusing a material or product and giving it another function, like turning old curtains into a garment
          • By ucycling textiles in this way, we can offer garments a 2nd life and prevent them from ending up in landfill
    • upcycling
      • refers to the reuse of a garment where its quality remains the same or is increased by the process, attempting to counter the common problems of the recycling practices- reducing the quality of the original materials
    • Facts
      • Estimated that 95% of textiles that are sent to landfill could be recycled
      • Consumers purchase 2.15million tonnes of new clothing and shows each year in the UK
      • over 1 million tonnes of textiles are discarded annually, most from domestic sources


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