Left over food = Green Fashion

I love food. I love it as much as I love my recycled clothing. So when I came across an article that makes food waste into fashion, I was excited. After all does that mean I can start making clothes out of my food waste and save money?

No, but it does mean upcycling and another way to make the world a better place in the fashion industry. So when I read Bekah Wright’s article “From Coffee Grounds to Couture, Food Waste Transforms Into Fashion” I thought this is awesome and the fashion is something I’d definitely buy if I wasn’t already trying to downgrade my closet.

Innovators from around the world are seeking ways to turn food waste into apparel, ranging from shoes and purses to everyday wear and evening gowns. Their efforts might help save the planet. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that 1.3 billion tons of food go to waste each year, creating an annual global carbon footprint of 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency threw down a gauntlet: an initiative calling for a 50 percent reduction in national food waste by 2030. Upcycling, which in this case means finding innovative ways to address food waste, has been gaining steam as pressure mounts to stop filling landfills with foods and byproducts that can’t be eaten, but can be repurposed. One upcycling practice that’s gaining momentum is the conversion of second-generation food waste—such as orange peels, coconut husks, and salmon skin—into synthetic fibers appropriate for use in apparel. These new fiber sources for textiles and clothing are better for the planet than nonrenewable, petroleum-based polyester. Not only do upcycled textiles bring sustainability to the fashion industry, which is second only to the oil industry for pollution, but they make for smaller (and happier) landfills. This report is part of TakePart’s “Design and Innovation” series, which highlights the people and cutting edge technology working to solve the world’s most pressing problems.


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I think this is a great idea. In my house we try not to waste food but it does happen. I try to recycle but never thought about food waste, after all its just normal to throw it in the garbage and not look back. Not only do we have individuals making sustainable ethical clothing but we have individuals making fashion out of food waste. With the way things are going I’m looking forward to the next thing to come out and make our fashion a bit better for everyone, until maybe one day fast fashion will be gone and slow fashion will be all that’s left. I’m hoping it will be that way, I guess I’ll just have to hope and wait and see.

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