A Perfect Example Of Waste In The Fashion Industry

Zac Posen Pre-Fall Test Pattern Fashion Industry Waste

Zac Posen Pre-Fall Pattern


A perfect example of the type of designing that needs re-thinking.  Half of the fabric for this  Zac Pozen pre-fall dress is being wasted and will end up in a landfill somewhere. Half of the raw materials and energy that went into making and transporting the fabric will be wasted.  Half  the water that was polluted from the dyeing of the fabric will be wasted. Depending on the type of fabric this is half of other types of resources are also being wasted. I think the only way this type of designing will survive in the future is if the wasted material is somehow put to good use.

I’m sure it will be an interesting dress, but is it really worth it in the end?

With all the staggering information  and recent attention on the environmental impact of the fashion industry, designers can’t continue in the same way.


Here are some figures on textile waste:

10-20% of all textiles in the fashion industry are estimated to be wasted.
About 15% of fabric intended for clothing ends up on the cutting room floor. This waste rate has been tolerated
industry-wide for decades.
The U.S. EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space.
Whilst the exact volume of textile waste generated in China is not known, with estimates that China will soon make 50% of the world’s clothing – the indications for textile waste there are mind-blowing. Daily in Hong Kong,
there are 253 tons of textiles sent to landfill.

source: Textile Exchange

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