Fixing Fashion Platform to Promote Sustainable, Circular Fashion

Fixing Fashion Platform to Promote Sustainable, Circular Fashion
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Fixing Fashion Platform to Promote Sustainable, Circular Fashion

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Dutch designer Dave Hakkens has launched an online academy that teaches users how to fix their clothing in a bid to combat textile waste and promote sustainable, circular fashion.

Sustainable fashion is on the rise, with more and more people looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment. One aspect of this movement is circular fashion, which seeks to keep clothing in use for as long as possible. Dutch designer Dave Hakkens has taken this concept a step further with the launch of his online platform, Fixing Fashion. The platform aims to teach users how to repair, remake, resize, and recolour damaged or unwanted clothing items, with the goal of reducing textile waste.

Hakkens recognizes that the issue of textile waste is a mounting problem, with around 92 million tonnes of textiles discarded globally each year. Most clothing items are made from a blend of different fibres and colours, making it difficult to recycle them. This has led to only 12% of textile waste being recycled and reused, with the rest ending up in landfill or being incinerated.

Fixing Fashion provides a solution to this problem by drawing on DIY techniques that have been passed down for generations. The platform features instructions and video tutorials on how to combine two old items into one new garment, recolour clothing, and patch up holes. Hakkens believes that these techniques, along with a bit of creativity, can help people fix 99% of their clothing.

The Fixing Fashion platform provides a formalized database for these community-sourced hacks to encourage widespread replication and collaboration. The practice of repairing and reusing unwanted garments can have a significant impact on the sustainability of fashion. Studies have shown that extending the lifespan of a piece of clothing by even nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20 to 30%.

Hakkens acknowledges that the main hurdle to achieving this is not a lack of knowledge about the necessary sewing techniques but a desire to wear fashionable items. To address this, he has also created a fashion collection that illustrates the different techniques but will not be for sale. Hakkens hopes that people will be inspired by the collection and wear their fixed clothes with pride.

Fixing Fashion is a brand that does not try to sell anything. It aims to show people how to keep their existing clothes by better caring for, repairing, or upgrading them. Hakkens believes that it’s time to stop buying and creating more waste and proudly reuse what we already have. 

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