Circular Fashion

LOBBY | Hanover House

Future From Waste LAB

IN COLLABORATION WITH KITX

Welcome to a radical new way to save the world. This disruptive retail space turns waste into future fashion by breathing new life into your pre-loved clothing.

B.E.T.A. TM

Share

The way we have been consuming fashion for the last few decades has come at a huge expense to environmental, social, and economic health. In line with BETA’s aim to pave a new path in sustainability, the Future From Waste Lab rewrites the rules and looks beyond the fashion industry’s current boundaries to present a radical new retail model that is part of the solution.

 

The fashion industry is at a crossroads of ecological issues – from poor treatment of workers to pollution. According to The United Nations Environment Programme, the fashion industry produces more carbon emissions than the airline and maritime industries combined, as well as 20% of global water pollution (it takes over 7,500 litres of water to produce the average pair of jeans). Driven by fast fashion and hyper-consumerism, we’re buying more clothing and keeping it half as long; yet less than 1% of all clothing produced globally is recycled. Not only is this environmentally devastating, but it also represents a US$500 billion missed opportunity for the fashion industry to embrace a circular economy.

In Collaboration with Kitx

FashionWaste Australian’s throw out 6,000 kilograms of clothes every 10 minutes. The Future From Waste Lab source all our material from Upparel whose mission it is to reduce the number of textiles that end up in landfill due to the overproduction and non-existent recycling initiative. Wash Future From Waste Lab only washes once, in cold water with a 100% plant-based laundry detergent, to help in the reduction of global climate change by eliminating tumble-drying and using lower wash temperature. Dry By hand drying the denim we reduce the electricity use at another stage of the garment life cycle. 75% of laundry’s total carbon impact comes from machine drying your clothes. Air drying is the most sustainable way to dry them. Cut Design through cutting – creative and skilled fashion graduates individually hand cut piece by piece resulting in couture fashion – each item unique in its fabric selection. Make Made on-site by highly skilled machinist – working with reused materials requires more skill that your average fabrics. Shoot Each piece is photographed on-site to highlight its uniqueness so customers can choose their perfect match of the garment. Sell Shopping online has, on average, a 60% lower carbon impact than shopping in-store, as nearly 85% of in-store’s impact comes from driving there. All items made in the Future From Waste Lab will be sold direct to the market via each designer’s website. Dispatch The sold item is handpicked and packed on-site by our studio manager and wrapped in recycled tissue, placed into a compostable box and sent out in a Better Packaging home compostable mailer.
  • Fashion Waste
  • Wash
  • Dry
  • Cut
  • Make
  • Shoot
  • Sell
  • Dispatch
Fashion Waste

Australian’s throw out 6,000 kilograms of clothes every 10 minutes. The Future From Waste Lab source all our material from Upparel whose mission it is to reduce the number of textiles that end up in landfill due to the overproduction and non-existent recycling initiative.

Wash

Future From Waste Lab only washes once, in cold water with a 100% plant-based laundry detergent, to help in the reduction of global climate change by eliminating tumble-drying and using lower wash temperature.

Dry

By hand drying the denim we reduce the electricity use at another stage of the garment life cycle.
75% of laundry’s total carbon impact comes from machine drying your clothes. Air drying is the most sustainable way to dry them.

Cut

Design through cutting – creative and skilled fashion graduates individually hand cut piece by piece resulting in couture fashion – each item unique in its fabric selection.

Make

Made on-site by highly skilled machinist – working with reused materials requires more skill that your average fabrics.

Shoot

Each piece is photographed on-site to highlight its uniqueness so customers can choose their perfect match of the garment.

Sell

Shopping online has, on average, a 60% lower carbon impact than shopping in-store, as nearly 85% of in-store’s impact comes from driving there.
All items made in the Future From Waste Lab will be sold direct to the market via each designer’s website.

Dispatch

The sold item is handpicked and packed on-site by our studio manager and wrapped in recycled tissue, placed into a compostable box and sent out in a Better Packaging home compostable mailer.

By hand drying the denim we reduce the electricity use at another stage of the garment life cycle.
75% of laundry’s total carbon impact comes from machine drying your clothes. Air drying is the most sustainable way to dry them.

FASHION WASTE LIFECYCLE

 

Reframing the way we think about clothes we no longer love or need is crucial in circuit breaking the way the industry currently operates. The Future From Waste Lab offers an innovative solution to closing the loop, creating a dynamic platform in which sustainable fashion brands can experiment with new forms of physical space, programming and business models. Instead of a shop selling off-the-shelf pieces, the Future From Waste Lab repurposes existing apparel on-site, extending the life cycle of used garments and creatively reinterpreting waste.

How it works

 

The retail environments of the future might aim to cultivate a deeper understanding of the true value of clothing and bring pre-owned, repurposed and re-sold clothing into the mainstream luxury fashion vernaculars.

The Future From Waste Lab, a concept created by sustainable fashion pioneer, Kit Willow, tests this idea as four of Australia’s leading designers, also curated by Kit Willow, transform used clothes on-site. The pieces are washed, unpicked, recut, redesigned, modelled, photographed, uploaded to e-commerce, sold, packaged and shipped – all from within Hanover House.

Transforming the way clothes are made, sold, and used, The Future From Waste Lab lays down a blueprint for the disruptive approach to retail that will be realised in the STH BNK project. We are determined to sow the seeds for a seismic shift in thinking, diverging from the traditional linear narrative of ‘buy, wear, dispose of’ into a fashion future that is sustainable, circular, and transparent.

“I STRONGLY BELIEVE IN A BETTER WORLD. THROUGH THE SIMPLE MANTRA OF MAKING WOMEN LOOK AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL WITHOUT HARMING OUR PLANET; EVERYONE CAN WIN.”

— KITX Founder, Kit Willow

8584815daf0c3d44c75eae58153d5544

KITX

Embodying BETA’s vision that sustainability is the new luxury, KITX is a luxury brand that converts consciously sourced silks, linen and cottons into elegant and ethical ready-to-wear garments. For their Future of Waste tenancy, KITX will explore denim as a medium by turning preloved jeans and jackets into dresses.

Founded in 2014 after fashion figure Kit Willow departed her long-running namesake label, WILLOW, KITX has been a global leader in moving the needle towards a more circular fashion industry through consciously sourcing materials and KitXchange. The program allows customers to return purchases in perpetuity; the pieces are then repaired, repurposed and resold. The idea of extending a garment’s life cycle for as long as possible is integral to both BETA and the larger STH BNK project, laddering up to our objective of reducing waste and lightening our environmental footprint but not at the expense of style.

8584815daf0c3d44c75eae58153d5544
beta-rwb-image-rev
beta-rwb-image-rev

ROMANCE WAS BORN

Since their inception, Romance Was Born has set a wonderfully cheerful and upbeat tone for Australian fashion. Known and loved for their statement pieces that celebrate creative expression, Romance Was Born’s intricate and detailed garments are designed to be treasured forever, reflected in their offer to remodel, remake or recycle any of their pieces.

Embodying BETA and STH BNK’s ethos of using materials and processes with low environmental impact, Romance Was Born choose to work with natural and biodegradable fabrics that have a minimal carbon footprint. The majority of their collections are built on the back of GOTS certified cotton, linen derived from the flax plant, silk crafted from excess rose petals, and viscose sourced from sustainably managed forests – with the addition, of course, of hand-sewn embroidery, applique and embellishments. Bower-bird collectors of vintage lace, quilts and tablecloths, repurposing has always been part of the brand’s mantra.

 

Photo by Natalia Parsonson

beta-artclub-image-rev

ARTCLUB BY HEIDI MIDDLETON

Created by Heidi Middleton, ARTCLUB is an online fashion and art brand bringing together Middleton’s 15 years of industry experience (she was a co-founder at Sass & Bide) with an industry-defining approach to slow design. Limited edition and small batch pieces are designed to be loved, worn, shared, swapped, borrowed, repaired and passed on.

Sharing BETA and STH BNK’s philosophy around challenging fashion’s transactional attitude and instead facilitating deeper relationships between brand and consumer, all of the pieces are made locally by artisans who ARTCLUB pay homage to by including their names within the garment itself. This elevates an appreciation for the hidden processes behind the final product, and lends a human hand to the often faceless supply chain.

beta-artclub-image-rev
Design Partners
Event Sponsors
SUBSCRIBE TO BETA FOR TICKET RELEASES & PROGRAM UPDATES
Subscribe
Future From Waste LAB
Share