Better Threads – Circular Denim Project

To utlise materials at their highest utility, diverting textiles from landfill and returning the value to producers and consumers of denim.2016 Sydney Fellowship Project

Denim

The Better Threads Project is an active inquiry into the question, are circular models for denim possible in Australia?

Project team

Simone Awramenko, Nikki Gravning, Karina Seljak, Paula Wallace and Harriet Watts

 

The Better Threads Project is an active inquiry into the question, are circular models for denim possible in Australia? Our vision for circularity in denim is to utlise materials at their highest utility, diverting textiles from landfill and returning the value to producers and consumers of denim.

Understanding that the key to using waste a resource is collaboration for scalability, we set out to establish a network and a pooled body of knowledge. 

The Better Threads Roundtable was a waste-to-resource focused business gathering  on Sydney on 26 September, 2016, that discussed the barriers and opportunities to a circular denim business model in Australia. The event brought together 10 key stakeholders from a range of industries including denim and cotton production, logistics, retail, charity and upcycling, expert consulting, waste and recycling and academia to discuss different circular economy approaches. The body of knowledge and useful insights gained by the business roundtable was distilled into a report that was distributed to interested parties.

A number of participants in the business roundtable expressed an interest in continuing to work together to achieve better environmental, social and business outcomes in the denim industry, with textile expert Margaret Jacobsen willing to act in a coordinating capacity.

There are a number of Better Threads project team members that are interested in continuing with the project, which has the potential to actually develop a circular business model for this industry and proceed to pilot or feasibility stage.

Further information: Karina Seljak karina@seljakbrand.com.au); Harriett Watts (harriet@thefortynine.com.au); and Nikki Graning (nikki.gravning@icloud.com)

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To see the project's findings click here

 

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