From sunshade tarpaulins to coffee grounds, local brands are turning ingredients with a one-day use limit into stylish and radiant “green beauty.”
8 local brands breathe new life into recycled fashion
The path to the sustainable fashion of domestic brands is “connected” from “very Vietnamese” materials such as coffee grounds, old canvas, or simply rags. The local brand is now self-taught and can recycle in both recycling and upcycling directions. To put it simply, recycling requires the complete destruction of raw materials to transform them into new materials.
Upcycling is like creative recycling, where discarded items, such as clothing, can be cut and re-sewn into another design without industrial treatment. Recycled fashion is very close to us and the following brands will prove you can wear them every day when aesthetics are emphasized.
With more than 100 old shirts and other recycled materials, Moi Dien continues to follow the Trashion direction that the brand has set out since its early days of operation. You will see endless meticulousness and creativity through the textures and lines created from colorful pieces of fabric. Crazy Lips teamed up with Piktina – a secondhand fashion app for this new launch.
Jacket “Tet” is a product that is produced by hand in more than 80% of the stages. The surface of the shirt is a process of joining, quilting, and integrating pieces of fabric with different patterns. Its highlight is the simplicity of the material itself. After the rags were thrown away, designer Ngo Hoang Kha proudly transformed them into an artistic design.
Fashion4Freedom (F4F) has brought glamor to old items. Along with skillful jewelry-making techniques, artisan Le Ngoc Tri has extracted metal from the hardware of old phones and computers and made them more sparkling in the form of rings, brooches, etc. …
The tour of the Order and the canvases flying around Saigon received enthusiastic support. Among the designs from canvas, tote bags with very “cry” names such as Cho Ong Tam, Cho Flea, Cho Bua, etc. are product lines that you should not miss. The rough and old tarpaulins can now continue their protective mission when they are turned into backpacks or bags.
Before TheBlueTshirt with its gray t-shirts, Re.socks also used recycled polyester fabric (PET) to create colorful socks. After being collected, plastic bottles are cleaned, melted to create plastic beads, then pressed and woven to continue the life cycle of polyester fabric that can later be sewn into any outfit. You can visit Instagram @re.socks to take a closer look at each model and witness the miraculous “makeover” of plastic bottles.
The endless picture is filled with Indigo Child-inspired handmade clothes from the local recycled fashion brand Archive Sashiko. Born in 2020, the brand has 5,000 followers on Instagram even though Co-founder – Mr. Thanh does not run ads. The technique of patchwork (patching) excess fabrics into a finished product is not too strange, but the meticulousness in each stage has made Archive Sashiko’s designs special and precious. The leftover fabric is “carried” at home Archive Sashiko often sourced from Sapa or Japan.
Biti’s “What’s Next to Use” collection is recycled from waste materials and rubber waste. With the rate of recycled materials up to 60%, this collection marks the first step in Biti’s pursuit of a “sustainable lifestyle – long life”. These shoes with a lot of accumulated stories have good durability and a comfortable feel, promising to cherish your feet no less than any good material.
Coffee grounds are also one of the potential raw materials for the production of clothing. The Couple TX brand is putting the greenest and cleanest footprint in the Vietnamese fashion village by giving a new mission to an ingredient that can only be thrown away.
Coffee grounds right after undergoing cleaning and oil separation, it will be crushed and mixed with nylon or polyester to form coffee fibers. This fiber features soft, lightweight, body odor control and especially the ability to resist UV rays. Did you know, 3 coffee cups and 5 plastic bottles are equivalent to one recycled T-shirt? Imagine with 100 shirts, how much waste can we reduce into the environment!
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