I am a girl from a small town, a community leader that is well groomed and purpose driven when it comes to issues of youth and the community at large. I own a Clothing manufacturing factory and the amount of textile waste in the industry is shocking. Myself and a group of Environmental Science students decide to do something about it. We implemented a project called Revive which is a textile Waste rescue project that is aimed at addressing the issue of textile wastage and environmental pollution, which affects our ecosystem and livelihood.
Textiles have one of the largest water footprints on the planet; some say it is the number 1 industrial polluter of water on the planet (after agriculture). From the irrigation of cotton crops at one end of the supply chain to the domestic washing of clothes at the other. It takes on average 10,000 litres of water to cultivate just one kilogram of raw cotton. A lack of capacity and water contamination are two problems that are forcing landfills to close, and reducing the waste that goes to these landfills is a very important option to consider. Water consumption is a huge part of the textile industry, the production of some textile can cause more water wastage and pollution than the others.
As waste reduction becomes a growing problem across the nation and the world, “Revive” realizes that in this problem lies an opportunity for a solution. The consortium will be facilitating an Upcycling Creative Training & Skills Development Project for the Unemployed youth of Durban.
Our aim is to provide young people with experiential education opportunities by collecting overstock inventory donations, primarily textiles, used clothes and converting them into marketable, repurposed items to be sold or donated. If the clothes cannot be upcycled or are not in good condition, they can be shredded and turned into rags, dog blankets, carpet underfelt blankets, transport/furniture removal blankets, and mattress pads
With upcycling as the vehicle, our vision is that young people will be driven, through this startup business project, to deepen their knowledge of environmental sustainability and promoting of new and creative ways of addressing the problem and create sustainable jobs
The potential growth of this project lies with the possibility of collaboration between different stakeholders within the social, creative space and industrial design recycling sector so we can address sustainable social change, while we empower our youth. Revive Project board would explore entrance into a physical retail space, which would greatly extend the project’s reach, show case our creative products and effect change.
Social media will be used as a powerful tool to connect, educate, raise awareness and encourage fashion brands to take full responsibility of the whole life time of its garment.
The project will leverage from donated textiles waste and other materials being used such as elastic, buttons, zippers, interfacing etc. may be purchased. But, all fabric used must be from the garment provided. Students will also be provided with personal hygiene goods (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorants, soap bars, body lotion)
The crafting industry is vast and un-limited, it’s an exceptionally good way for unskilled, lower income or previously disadvantaged individuals to start a business with the little they have. Revive can enable them to support their families. There is a huge demand internationally and locally for handmade crafts and the need for green products in the market absolutely justifies these individuals getting involved and learning crafts.
Students will be taught how to deconstruct a garment and reassemble using key parts of the garment. They will have several choices of projects that will be geared to their experience/skill level.
Once each garment is completely deconstructed, they will determine what key elements of the garment will be used and parts they want to discard.
The pieces are then reassembled creating a completely different garment, the discarded pieces serve as extra fabric needed to make finished garment. Most to all of the original piece is used and ideas are given to utilize leftover fabric. This teaches the zero-waste concept.
Our unique approach to training and development requires more than just teaching someone a skill. We know and understand the requirements involved and the need to provide continual development, sustainability, motivation, and self-worth. We are therefore more in the business of developing one individual to their full potential than mass short term training workshops
Textiles will be weighed as is get delivered at the factory which will determine how much resources will be saved. Data will be available and updated in our website
We are looking forward to creating sustainable jobs and impact change