GERMANY INNOVATION // TOPICS Baltic Fashion // Baltic Vision


   Within the Baltic Fashion project we have explored selected innovative topics through various activities within the fashion and textile industry.



Trash to Trend



Studies show that more than 1 million tonnes of textiles are thrown away every year in the UK alone. At least 50% of the textiles we throw away are recyclable. In order to extend the life of textile leftovers, we have to bring them back into the production cycle.


The idea behind Trash to Trend is to share design globally by finding and using leftover textile materials locally. Trash to Trend wants to create upcycled garments with minimal environmental impact, and a transparent production cycle that still allows a serial production. The concept emerged out of the doctoral research of Reet Aus, who has been experimenting with upcycling in fashion and theatre costume design since 2005. The company's platform connects manufacturers with leftover textiles, designers in need for textiles, and consumers looking to buy upcycled designs.


The Trash to Trend workshop for MA students was held from November 19 to 30, 2012 at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. The workshop offered lectures, seminars, company meetings and practical work. Its aim was to introduce the students to upcycling fashion design, and ultimately to bring them closer to this process.



The workshop linked practical skills with theory. The students learned how to strategically apply sustainable design-from collecting material to production and promotion.


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