Recycling textiles

Recycling textiles

You know that old sweater you’ve had for years that has holes in it, or that dress that doesn’t really fit anymore or that top where the colour is looking a bit too washed out and that you’ve been meaning to throw away for ages?! DON’T!!! Because most textiles are entirely recyclable! Yet the amount of textiles that goes to waste is heart breaking. In 2013, it was reported that 75 % of the 5,8 million tons of textile waste in Europe was either incinerated or simply sent to landfills. Continue Reading

One man’s trash, another (wo)man’s tressure

One man's trash, another (wo)man's tressure

You know the saying “One man’s trash, another man’s tressure”. This is the story of how this classic Ralph Lauren sweater in merino wool is exactly that or more correctly; “One man’s trash, another (wo)man’s tressure”. It’s quickly become a wardrobe stable and it ended up in my wardrobe, almost by coincident. Continue Reading

Wool pros and cons

Wool pros and cons

Today, I want to talk a bit about wool pros and cons. Wool must be one of my favourite fibres; it acts as a natural insulator, it can keep the body warm or cool as necessary, and it repels dirt, stains and water. And my favourite characteristic; wool is also fully biodegradable. So clever, if you ask me! Last week I talked about “organic cotton pros and cons” and like cotton, wool is a natural fibre with a long history. Wool used to be cotton’s greatest rival, as both fibres were suited to a variety of apparel types but today, the wool industry only makes up about 1,5% of fibre production worldwide Continue Reading