Clothing company American Eagle has a new capsule collection with apparel company Atelier & Repairs and the whole thing is made from cutting floor scraps and material that would’ve ended up in landfills. The upcycled denim skirts, jackets, sweatshirts, and jeans are one-of-a-kind with hand-stitched, recycled embroidery, and made with floral, camo, and plaid fabrics.
“The clothing industry is the second biggest polluter in the world, and it is responsible for about 10% of carbon emissions,” explains Maurizio Donadi, co-founder of Atelier & Repairs, “and this made me think deeply about what I want to do to help.”
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling the 14-million tons of textiles that get dumped each year - that’s 80-pounds per person - would be the environmental equivalent of taking 7.3-million cars - and their carbon emissions - off the road. And this fashion collaboration that’s using leftover material is helping less of it end up as garbage.
It’s not a quick process, Donadi says it can take up to 10 hours to refurbish a single garment. “But that’s the beauty of it,” he says. “The commitment we have to making the objects different from each other. It’s very close to a work of art.”