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Circular Fashion

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.

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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.

What’s On
Upcoming Events
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Date

Turn your trash into Carry Workshop

6pm - 8pm
29 Sep

Come and join a fun and interactive workshop where you learn and turn waste textiles into your very own stylish portrait pouch to take home.

6pm - 8pm
29 Sep
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Stitch Workshop

6pm - 8pm
20 Oct

A workshop for hand crafters to share knowledge, work on projects and learn more about the future of retail at the Future From Waste Lab.

6pm - 8pm
20 Oct
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Visible Mending Workshop

6pm - 8pm
27 Oct

Learn how to repair your clothes and extend the life of your garments from the team at Future From Waste Lab in this casual repairs workshop.

6pm - 8pm
27 Oct
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MFW AND WASTEFEST

The Future From Waste Lab is excited to be part of Melbourne Fashion Week 2022, and will open its doors to emerging designers for a highly creative event titled WASTEFEST.

EVENTS

Open Studio Tours
Monday 10 October - Friday 14 October 2022
12pm - 2pm

Wrap Party:
Saturday 15 October 2022, 7pm - 10pm

This is an opportunity to reinterpret post-consumer waste into new garments and the public are invited to come and join us in daily free Open Studio Tours to experience this experimental sustainable fashion workshop first hand.

To find out more and book your free Open Studio Tour and Wrap Party ticket, click the link below:

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DESIGNERS IN RESIDENCE

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KitX

Embodying BETA By STH BNK’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 Lab tenancy, KITX will explore denim as a medium by turning preloved jeans and jackets into dresses.

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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.

Photo by Natalia Parsonson

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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.

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Into Carry

Founded by industrial designer Luke Phillips, sustainable brand Into Carry is challenging the way we think about waste. In line with BETA and STH BNK’s commitment to circularity, Into Carry repurposes existing materials into brand new bags built for modern life.

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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.
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  • Dry
  • Cut
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  • Sell
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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.

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.

 

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.

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