Sympany is a textile recycling social enterprise from The Netherlands, it collects and re-purposes used clothing in order to fund charitable projects. The gathered second-hand clothes are being sold a.o. in African countries. (specifically to Zambia, Malawi, DR Congo and Angola) The used clothes are also being recycled into cleaning cloths and insulation material and they are upcycled into ‘new fabrics’ as well.
The launch at Magazijn in Amsterdam, behind the sewing machine: Vita Stasiukynaite, student at the fashion dept at the Rietveld Academy.
Embroidery-artist Victoria Villasana’s embelishment of the black and white photography by JW Kaldenbach. imagecredits: mimi berlin blogger team
Invite for the launch. imagecredits: bysympany.nl
BySympany is a new initiative in which funds are generated by collaborating with (sustainable) fashion brands. The collab with Dutch jeanslabel Kyuchi is the first in line: ‘By Sympany By Kuyichi created jeans with upcycled rags. (20% of the jeans consist of recovered fibres) Continue reading →
Below the Y/Project oversized sweater with Edwardian Sleeves. (voluminous kimono sleeves with gathering drawstrings) And the extra long jeans (with extra long, straight legs). How fun are these garments?!!
Now here’s something we would like to try out;This is a jeans jacket with an interactive surface: it can access a phone wirelesly and activate a functionality by tapping or swiping a sleeve. The technology is blended in with the fibres of the standard cloth, which is still washable and feels like a normal piece of clotihng, so they say. ‘They’ being Levi’s and Google’s Atap. The invention is called: Jaquard Technology.
Levi’s wants you to wear this jacket while riding your bike (see the promotion clip here at levistrauss.com) But we, at Mimi Berlin, feel the audience could be broader; for instance by placing this technology in a (women’s) bag. But what do we know……’they’ probably already came up with several wonderful ideas themselves. Swipe to mute, xoxo Mimi
Feeling green about indigo? IMPOSSIBLE! The denim industry is a huge and horrible one, it affects both the environment and people: it turns rivers blue and people sick. It isn’t and can’t be sustainanable in any way…..
This post is about facts. We aren’t going to quote articles or tweak them into our own words. (We only recycle when useful and we don’t want to clutter The Web too much) So please click the links to read and see what we feel everybody should know about (their) jeans.
UN-FABULOUS_Those faded, distressed blue jeans might be harboring a dirty secret. By Lily Kuo in Chinavia qz.com)
Wastewater discharged from a denim washing factory in Xintang, Zengcheng. In Xintang, where the economy is centered around textile production, Greenpeace has found high levels of industrial pollution and has documented the effects on the community.