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Scottish fashion designers bag funds to cut textile waste
Mar '15
Names of five Scottish designers with ideas to create more sustainable clothing and accessories were announced for funding from Zero Waste Scotland.

“Zero Waste Scotland’s circular economy fund for textile and apparel designers is the first of its kind in Scotland,” says a statement from the agency.

This will help the designers adopt new innovative methods for a more circular economy, where materials are kept in high-value use for as long as possible, rather than being used once and discarded.

Ideas proposed by the successful designers include plans for a transformable accessory which can be used as a scarf, hood or bag and shoes made from wild Scottish deer skin.

Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland said, “The five successful designers have submitted unique and exciting suggestions for more sustainable fashion, which uses resources in a much smarter way.”

“The industry is well placed to make the most of the transition to a circular economy, but there are currently no truly circular textiles products or services in Scotland,” he added.

“Zero Waste Scotland is on hand to help the industry to take advantage of the opportunities that a circular economy offers, and this funding aims to encourage designers to do just this,” he noted.

Iain Gulland said the projects that have been announced and will be funding, are all great examples of how the sector can grow sustainably, and he looks forward to seeing them progress.

The five projects which will receive funding include, Allenomis from Glasgow, which is a capsule collection of luxury women’s wear garments addressing modularity and zero waste pattern design.

It also features design for durability and the use of recycled or waste materials and the garments will be transformable and suitable for different climates.

Another is Diggory Brown from Uist, which is a range of practical workwear garments and accessories made from Yarnover wool, a by-product from Uist wool’s spinning mill

Risotto another project from Glasgow is in to production of closed loop garments, including a 100 per cent recyclable polyester fabric and a system where customers will be incentivised to return goods after use.

Route Clothing another one from Glasgow is in to development and trial of a new system inviting customers to return cycling clothing for repair or recycling.

It is also in to the development of a zero waste natural fibre cycling cap and jacket pattern.

Sword Maclean from Glasgow and Uist is a luxury fashion and lifestyle start-up brand made entirely in Scotland.

It uses materials including Scottish deer skin, a by-product of deer management and Hebridean black sheep wool which is spun on refurbished vintage machinery. (AR)

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