Most leftovers in mass-production are related to:

  • the maximum efficiency of pattern layout calculated by special computer programs which can raise the use of fabric up to 85%. From that point forward, cutting edges and fabric roll ends are usually wasted;
  • over-production which is necessary for every production company to reduce its risks but which is usually kept as a secret from the subcontracted brand.

As a result, even a highly efficient production company generates 10-20% of waste out of all the fabric it uses, although the material still has good material qualities. The most common waste management solution globally are landfilling and incineration. It is growingly common also to implement closed loop production or industrial symbiosis. It usually means using the leftovers from one product/industry as an input material in another product/industry, for example using textile leftovers in upholstery or isolation. It is often solved as downcycling - the materials are shredded for better usability in their second life-time.

Industrial upcycling on the other hand means giving additional design input (in the production processes or in the form of industrial symbiosis) to maximize the life-cycle of materials without reprocessing them. It helps creating new products with less energy, water and other resources used per product by not producing more materials for that.

Trash to Trend aims to create a contact point between producers and designers to share their material information and good design ideas as well as find a market-place here to meet the customers and get direct feedback.