Turning Textile Waste into Fabric Gift Wraps

Six thousand kilograms of clothing and textiles are being sent to landfill every ten minutes in Australia. This is a shocking statistic, and it’s time we re-think the cycle of not only garments, but all things textiles.

It is not hard to start making a difference. You can:

·       Choose to buy less

·       Choose to buy quality so it lasts longer

·       Donate your unwanted clothing.

But at A Fitting Connection we don’t think this is enough. We are determined to embrace wholly sustainable practises, and close the loop by upcycling pre-loved textiles.

A little information on textile waste:

  • The textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world

  • The average Australian woman purchases approximately 27kgs of clothing and sends 23kg to landfill, per year.

  • 9.5 billion kgs of textiles end up in landfill each year.

  • 108 million non-renewable resources are used each year to produce clothing – for instance, a single cotton t-shirt takes 2700 litres of water to produce

  • The average person only wears 33% of what’s in their wardrobe.

  • It is estimated that textile dyeing and treatment contribute to 17-20% of total industrial water pollution

  • Even with some textile recycling programs in place, 85% of these textile donations still ends up in landfill.

  • It has been noted that 95% of textiles that end up in landfill can likely be recycled

  • Extending the life of clothing by 9 months could reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by around 20-30% each.

Where to from here?

If you have been following us on Instagram you would have noticed that we have started upcycling and using reclaimed fabric to produce new products. This process of product development has its issues. One of the biggest challenges is changing the focus of our marketing, as our new products are very different from the services we currently offer (if you have any tips, we will gladly listen). 

Our founder is very community-minded and believes strongly that businesses need to be connected to the community and give back, and this is how Fundraising with Purpose begun. COVID has meant that this program has been rolled out a lot slower than we would have hoped, but it has also allowed the team to develop and refine ideas. This has led to us developing our ReFashioned Fabric Paint Kits, which provide a fun craft activity using reclaimed fabric sheets.

We have tried to make our fabric painting kits as sustainable as possible, but have come up against a few challenges – we’re still on the hunt for eco-friendly paint packaging and paintbrushes. So, we ask you to bear with us as we grow and, in the process, improve the sustainability aspect. In the meantime, the way we are combating this problem is by offering 2 types of kits:

  • Complete Batik Painting Kit

  • Batik Painting Supplies – Sheets and Line Paste

· Sustainable Batik Paste Kit

Each kit will contain 2 sheets that have been made from reclaimed fabric, plus Batik line paste. The Batik line paste comes in a plastic bottle you can refill and use again and again. The Batik Painting Supplies kit doesn’t include paints or a paintbrush, as many people already have these supplies at home.

If, however, you don’t have your own paint and paintbrush supplies, the Complete Batik Painting Kit will include these. It’s the perfect way to start you off before you invest in larger paint pots, and makes a perfect gift.

We will be launching our fabric painting kits any day now, just in time for Christmas, and will be offering them to not-for-profit organisations as a fundraising tool. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we need to support our community more than ever!

Katrina & team xx