Repair as a best practice in reducing pre-consumer industrial fashion waste: a case study

Repair as a best-practice in reducing pre-consumer industrial fashion waste

Ramesh De Silva
Other (Sri Lanka)
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Fast fashion and disposing of clothes at the end of their lives are generally considered to be the main issues in terms of textile waste. However, pre-consumer waste is another major problem. This occurs a few steps further back in the manufacturing process, and deals with all waste materials created in the supply chain when a product is being made.

Unlike post-consumer waste, it is easier to keep pre-consumer waste away from a landfill or an incinerator as the fabric or garment is essentially brand new, despite one or more repairable defects.

So, finding ways to re-use or use up the resources created is the key to creating an endless supply of materials without further depleting natural resources.