Don’t put garment factory waste fabrics in the landfill! Use them!


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           Garment factory off-cut fabrics are a resource not garbage!

The garments seen above were made with pieces of fabric I found thrown away at a garment manufacturing factory.  I did not change the shape of the pieces I found.  I sewed them together length wise as they were long narrow pieces.  I noticed that these kind of long narrow piece wider at one end are common among fabric being thrown away.

I had already began the pursuit of keeping similar fabric out of the landfills.  But having experienced how easily these shapes became garments proved to me that it is possible for the garment industry waste to be used make clothing and to change the industry.  


Fashion designers are creative, talented intelligent people and I know that they can solve the problem of pollution created by their industry.  Now that people realize that a problem exists it can now be changed. 

I am taking fabric that fashion designers throw away at factories and in design studio and creating wearable garments. Ive been doing this exclusively since 2010, focused of factory reclamation and analyzing factory cut out spreads and how to use the discard fabrics.


In my project environmentalist aspects are addressed, human rights aspects as well and an over all humanitarian message is sent out in my fashion shows. 

My project is in NY Times, Wall Street journal, Village Voice and VOGUE UK, standing up for climate justice and transformation in the fashion industry. 


Fashion industry impact on the worlds environment is enormous.

Second to oil, the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world. The fashion industry contributes 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions due to its long supply chains and energy intensive production.

The fashion industry is one of the most  polluting industries in the world. Fast fashion has dominated and reshaped the fashion industry since the 1990s and been a major driver of the industry's enormous greenhouse gas emissions and devastating environmental impact.

Textile production impacts the environment in many ways. Farms that grow crops like cotton use lots of water and spray their plants with harmful substances like herbicides and pesticides. ... Textile dyeing, printing, and finishing processes often use poisonous chemicals like arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, and mercury.

Nearly 20% of global water waste is produced by the fashion industry.

No environmental laws are in effect to control what the companies do with fabric waste. This and has to change.  


Methods for using the fabrics that are thrown away exist, an example

If designers will look more closely at the fabric remaining after they layout their their primary designs, they can take the process to a next level and design from the remaining fabric.  I have made many garments from the pieces that were thrown away, I didn't even have to change the shapes to make a stylish wearable garment.  If designers will take the time to explore vertical off cut scraps and design from that they will create lest waste and make more garments.

One of a kind Garments made from factory waste!

IQTEST encourages you to wear our garments in solidarity to climate recovery.  All Melissa Lockwood’s garments are made from salvaged fabrics and materials.



© Melissa Lockwood 2019